Clark has faith in Water­house touch

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

JOCKEY Tim Clark makes a good case for bonny mare Sedanzer be­ing able to see out the trip in to­mor­row’s Group 1 ATC Met­ro­pol­i­tan (2400m) point­ing to her co-trainer Gai Water­house as ‘Ex­hibit A’.

has won the race eight times, that’s more than any other Group 1 that Rac­ing’s First Lady counts along her cur­rent tally of (136).

On top of that, Water­house’s first run­ner in a Group 1 race was Te Akau Nick in the 1992 Met­ro­pol­i­tan who won race.

Clark has been a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor in Sedanzer’s suc­cess hav­ing on the mare’s back at all of her past seven starts in­clud­ing wins in the Scone Cup (1600m) and Bris­bane (2200m).

Sen­danzer re­sumed with a stun­ning 1.5-len fourth to Un­for­got­ten in the Chelms­ford Stakes prior to an ut­terly luck­less 11th of 16 in the Kingston Town Stakes when a fast di­min­ish­ing 4.1-len from Avil­lius.

The daugh­ter of Water­house’s own 2008 Golden Slip­per win­ner Sebring has drawn wide gates in both of her early spring mis­sions.

“She hasn’t had a great deal of luck in her two runs this time so it was very im­por­tant that she drew a good bar­rier which has for this race.

“She is in great shape and she looks a good chance,” Clark said.

“Things just didn’t work out for her (in the Kingston Town). I had her in a good spot then lost that po­si­tion down the side – it was bit messy. She should have def­i­nitely fin­ished in the first four.”

Sedanzer’s only run around the Metrop trip was in last May’s 2500m SAJC Derby where she fin­ished up­wards of 33 lengths from the win­ner.

“It is a chal­lenge but she won the Bris­bane Cup over 2200m in good style. I feel that she is a bit stronger, a bit more sea­soned now and

is very gutsy,” Clark told Sports­man.

“Gai and Adrian (Bott) are both very con­fi­dent that this mare is go­ing to run out the 2400m. Gai’s got a great record in the race and hope­fully she can add an­other Group 1 Met­ro­pol­i­tan to her tally.”

Clark’s chances of adding the Ep­som his 2011 Don­caster tri­umph (aboard Sa­cred Choice) also em­anates from Tul­loch Lodge.

‘TC’ will don the Dy­namic Syn­di­ca­tions colours to steer the free­wheel­ing Ar­beit­sam in $1m fea­ture.

“He is a tough horse that takes bit of rac­ing to get fit but he should be spot on for the Ep­som,” said Clark.

“This is his tar­get race. He ran third in a Don­caster last sea­son and if he re­peats that per­for­mance, then is go­ing to be in it for a long way.”

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