Clarke’s lim­its on Tac­i­turn

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - GREY MORRIS

LEADING Top End trainer Gary Clarke played down sug­ges­tions last night his geld­ing Tac­i­turn could do some dam­age in the up­com­ing Dar­win Cup Car­ni­val.

Clarke had just watched his five-year-old stroll away with the $19,500 Magic Mil­lions Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Fan­nie Bay yes­ter­day, be­fore be­ing asked the in­evitable ques­tion on whether the horse would run in the big car­ni­val races.

His three-length de­feat of odds-on pre-race favourite and sta­ble­mate Me­tal­lic Crown, with hoop Barry Hup­patz on board af­ter be­ing in the lead group for most of the race, sug­gested bet­ter to come.

“He’s been a pretty hon­est horse ever since I got him, he’s never far away in races and is a nice wet-sea­son horse,’’ Clarke said.

“He suits the Dar­win style of rac­ing where he races up front and makes his own luck, it hap­pened again to­day.

“But he won’t be a car­ni­val horse I don’t think, un­less he sort of takes the next step.

“Re­ally this is his time of year and he’ll prob­a­bly take a break when the car­ni­val comes and go again af­ter it.’’

Trainer Tom Har­rower’s race favourite Choice Ap­proach pipped Phil Cole’s Li­vadas for hon­ours in race two when he won by a head with jockey Kayla Cross on board.

Vanessa Arnott made it an early Mother’s Day present for pun­ters when she steered $4.80 chance Kar­mon­aaron over the line for Garry Le­foe Jr in race three.

Race favourite Dancer’s Kin had to be con­tent with a share of sec­ond prize when he dead-heated with Howdee in a three-way run to the judge.

And Clarke claimed a dou­ble when Pa­triot Day (sta­ble jockey Bren­don Davis) won race four by 3½ lengths over Caitlin’s An­gel for Cole.

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