Since buying the 13-year-old mare from Raymond Fenwick in May, Smith has won national classes at at several shows.
Smith is, however, likely to rely on 19-year-old Senator Tees Hanauer for Sunday's Kerrygold Grand Prix, the horse with which he won this event two years ago. The horse is also preferred for this month's European Championships at Hickstead in which Smith has already earned his place on the British squad.
One error kept Smith and Tees Hanauer out of the jump-off for the later Kerrygold Classic, in which Geoff Billington and Virtual Village It's Otto returned to form when he jumped a double clear round for fourth place.
Philippe Lejeune, who won this contest for Belgium on Double O Seven, made shorter, clearer turns, but Billington, the only Briton to reach the jump-off, settled happily for the slower clear round which has put him back on track for a possible place in the European Championship squad.
Billington and Smith, who are both competing here as individuals, could not be chosen for the British team that competes in today's Nations Cup. Ronnie Massarella has selected Nick Skelton to go first on Hopes are High, followed by Michael Whitaker on Virtual Village Ashley, Di Lampard on Abbervail Dream and John Whitaker on Flower.Reuse content