Clark has faith in Waterhouse touch
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.”