Clarke chasing back-to-back wins
TIM Clark is gunning for back-to-back wins in the Angst Stakes at Randwick tomorrow parting company with last year’s winner and race favourite Dixie Blossoms to steer Zenalicious for his closest ally, Les Bridge.
Clark has been aboard Zenalicious at nine of her 11 starts including her career high when winning the Listed ATC Reginald Allen (1400m) at Rosehill last spring.
He was there too for both of Zenalicous’ runs last month, the first when 10-lengths last in the Sheraco Stakes.
Two weeks later, Zenalicious – at odds of $101 – was the designated ‘eye catcher’ in the Golden Pendant coming from last to finish just 2-lengths behind the Ron Quinton pair Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms both of whom will line-up in tomorrow’s Angst.
“She’s been working really well and her work on Tuesday was by far the best of preparation, if not the best of her career,” Clark says.
“She has taken a couple of runs to come to hand which is standard for her and she gets out to the mile which is going to suit her, she should make her presence felt.
“Ronny’s two mares are going to be pretty hard to beat. I won this race last year on Dixie Blossoms and she looks like she’d had a similar build-up to this race again and obviously Daysee Doom won the Golden Pendant the other day so she’s going to probably start favourite and deservedly so.
“We have got out work cut out a little bit to catch up to those two but Zenalicious made good improvement second-up and I think she’s improved again. If that is the case then hopefully she can be not too far away from them,” said Clark.
If Zenalicious is able to take out tomorrow’s feature she will emulate the 2002 win of her illustrious grand-dam, Miss Zoe, who was also housed at Sir Dapper Lodge.
Miss Zoe came out at her next start and won the Group 2 VRC Nestle Classic (1600m) now known as the Myer on Derby day at Flemington.