By Matt Malone, The Daily Advertiser

NEW Wagga trainer Todd Smart has enjoyed what he deems “a good month”.

Smart enjoyed the first win of his training career last Saturday when Reka Outlaw posted a dominant 3½ length victory in the PRD Nationwide Benchmark 55 Handicap (1300m).

It capped off a big month after he and partner Jehanne welcomed a new baby boy, Harry.

Smart also enjoyed his 32nd birthday last Thursday.

“It’s great, it’s been a good month,” Smart said.

“It was good to get my first winner for David Tout, because he actually got me started in racing and has supported me.

“Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

It only took seven starters for Smart to enjoy his first winner.

Reka Outlaw was only having his second start for Smart and the fledging Wagga trainer is eyeing off bigger things with the five-year-old.

“He’s a work in progress … but I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet,” Smart said. “I think we now realise he’s a contender for the Country Championships.

“We’ll head down that alley.”

Smart and connections also pulled off a nice plunge with as much as $12 taken about Reka Outlaw with corporate bookmakers.

He started $5.00 on track.

Smart has now seven horses in work and is looking forward to his hometown feature next month, the Snake Gully Cup, with Art Thou Ready.

“I’ve got seven in work now and obviously wanting to build,” Smart said. “I’m still getting to know people but hopefully I can show them what I can do.”

Smart thanked Tout and Martin Hey for their support since taking out his trainer’s licence in May this year.

PHOTO: Wagga trainer Todd Smart, with For Mia, enjoyed his first winner last Saturday at Murrumbidgee Turf Club. Picture: Laura Hardwick

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