Golden chance to upset
SAM Clipperton’s commitment to Godolphin colt Holler has given Tim Clark the chance to win his first Group 1 race in Australia since he booted home a double on Doncaster Mile day in 2011.
Clipperton has been the regular jockey for the Ron Quinton-trained Let’s Make It Rain but Clark takes over in Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Rose after the trainer opted to run his colt in the $1 million event.
Not long after Clark piloted Sacred Choice and Atomic Force to wins in The Galaxy and Doncaster in April 2011, he shot off to Hong Kong.
In the hardest racing jurisdiction in the world, Clark managed to land a win at the elite level – It Has To Be You – in the Hong Kong Classic Cup.
Since returning home, the hoop has only had a handful of genuine chances in Group 1 races. Despite conceding Let’s Make It Rain was a “fringe” galloper in the Golden Rose, he said the race was not just between fancied runners, and reminded that the last time there was a small field in the Golden Rose there was a minor upset.
“I remember in 2011 it was a six-horse field and everyone said Smart Missile with his devastating turn of foot,” he said. “Some were saying Helmet could drag his sprint out but in the end Glyn (Schofield) won the race by taking Manawanui to the lead and kicking away in the straight.
“I think in these small fields, tactics play a major role and sometimes the best horse doesn’t always win.
“Everyone’s going to have to be on the A-game.”
Let’s Make It Rain drew barrier eight in the nine-horse field yesterday but Clark is used to wide gates in this race, having partnered Shooting To Win and Dissident into placings from out wide.
“It hasn’t helped in recent times, but with the smaller field this year it mightn’t be so disadvantageous,” he said.
“This bloke has done nothing wrong this prep, is super fit and can be ridden any way.
“Last start he lumped a big weight and was very strong when second to Wudang Mountain.”