Great Again recovered from spider bite and heads Lindsey Smith’s four-pronged attack on Wangoom Handicap

For adopted Warrnamboolite Lindsey Smith, just being able to saddle up Great Again in the Listed Wangoom Handicap is a win in itself after a spider bite almost cost the noted mudlark his life.

Great Again, who boasts a brilliant first-up record, winning four of seven fresh starts, has been off the scene nine months after an adverse reaction to penicillin used to treat the infected bite.

“It took months for him to get over it,” West Australian native Smith said.

“This was months and months of getting rid of the infection, it was more the penicillin got him, he had to have so much of it he had a little attack once.

“He flipped over and we thought we were going to lose him but he bounced back.”

West Australian sprinter Great Again, a son of Viscount, has won 10 of 26 career starts including seven of 12 on rain-affected ground.

His first Victorian preparation last year netted a first-up Flemington win and three minor placings.

“This is the perfect race for him,” Smith said.

“Jungle Edge is swimmer but at least he’s kept the weights down as well, he’s (Great Again) always been a good horse and done well since he’s been here in Victoria, he is a duck.

“This has been his target, we were hoping for a bit of rain and last night we got Great Again weather, to me it’s a better Wangoom than last year.”

Reykjavik is one of four runners Lindsey Smith has in the Wangoom Handicap. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Smith, who won the Warrnambool Cup last year has four runners in the $175,000 Wangoom, including Reykjavik, Riding The Wave and Epic Grey.

“Reykjavik has been a good horse to me, one of the originals that came over a couple years ago,” Smith said.

“His form has been OK, rode him up on speed the other day didn’t suit but he’s got another win in him.

“If it’s not here he’ll head towards the Winter Championships.”

Success at the Bool last year provided a welcome boost for Smith’s Victorian operation.

Smith had seven runners on Tuesday and 18 in commission the last two days of the May carnival.

“Most of the horses we‘ve programmed for this carnival we knew they’d handle the wet, we didn’t want to get here and have no hope,” Smith said.

“I’ve got 50 horses (in the stable) now, I had about 34 then (last year), a few more clients, it helps your profile to win the Warrnambool Cup and they accept you as a local instead of an alien.”

Originally published asSmith’s spider bite survivor is Great Again

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