Darley Classic: In Her Time trainer Ben Smith hopes for level playing field from inside draw

READY: Ben Smith has overseen In Her Time's preparations at Flemington.

READY: Ben Smith has overseen In Her Time's preparations at Flemington.

Newcastle trainer Ben Smith is concerned the inside start could work against In Her Time after she drew gate one for Saturday’s $1 million Darley Classic (1200m).

The group 1, also featuring Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ Clearly Innocent (gate nine), will be run on the straight course on the final day of the four-meeting Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington.

Leaders and on-pace, inside runners have prospered with the rail in the true position, but it will return to three metres for Thursday’s Oaks program. Ocean Embers won from barrier 13 in the 1200m race on Tuesday and Smith believed it would have been ideal to draw wide.

“You don’t know whether they will put the rail out again for Saturday, but we’ll see if there’s any bias,” Smith said. “The winner came down the outside fence on Tuesday, so if that’s the speed lane, it’s going to make it a bit tricky, but hopefully the inside track is good and we’ll be right.”

The Lees-trained Sense Of Occasion drew well in six for the Emirates Stakes (2000m).