ANGST STAKES

Clarke chas­ing back-to-back wins

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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