“He’s come on heaps since then.”
While Acres Away isn’t eligible for the Magic Millions he can still gain a back door entry by winning one of the six wild card races on offer.
“We’ll have to see how he’s going at the time and what wild card races are available but he’d have to be racing really well,” Smith said.
Smith once had dreams of becoming a pilot but now concedes it won’t be part of his career as his stable is growing in numbers with a lot of two-year-old's coming through.
Acres Away was bred by Mitchell and Anna Power whose parents run a farm and breed quarter horse at Gogango, west of Rockhampton.
“They paid a $1,000 service fee for Top Echelon and put him to a mare (Hoywedge) which they own,” Smith said.
It’s been a valuable investment so far with Acres Away winning more than $154,000 in prize money.