Two-time Ballarat Cup winner Smolda heads to paddock

Any possibility of New Zealand champion Smolda pursuing a unprecedented third Ballarat Pacing Cup title are over.

CAREER OVER: Smolda parades after his second consecutive Ballarat Pacing Cup win at Bray Raceway in January this year.

CAREER OVER: Smolda parades after his second consecutive Ballarat Pacing Cup win at Bray Raceway in January this year.

The Mark Purdon-trained Smolda has been retired.

Purdon made the call after discovering the eight-year-old had a torn tendon.

Smolda this year became the first back-to-back winner of the Ballarat Pacing Cup and only the second two-time winner of the group 1 event.

He won 32 of 68 starts for earnings of $2,558,544, with his biggest wins including last year’s Inter-Dominion and the AG Hunter Cup.

His second Ballarat Pacing Cup success earned him a special place in Ballarat and District Trotting Club history. 

 Sinbad Bay is the only other two-time cup winner, achieving the feat five years apart in 1991 and 1996.

Meanwhile, Cardigan trainer Emma Stewart’s stable has topped $2m in earnings in Victoria for a second season in a row after three group 1 Vicbred Super Series titles at Melton on Saturday.

The earnings are more than twice her nearest rival  Andy Gath.