The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

FOUR Golden Slip­per win­ners, four Gimcrack win­ners and a Breed­ers’ Plate with the great En­counter, it’s no won­der Clarry Con­ners is ac­knowl­edged as the ‘mas­ter twoyear-old trainer’.

It’s been ten years since Con­ners last won the Gimcrack and al­most 20 years since Belle Du Jour’s un­for­get­table win in the Golden Slip­per but Vic­tory Lodge has a new star two-year-old in the shape of Did­dles who makes her de­but in to­mor­row’s ATC Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick.

A $400,000 buy on the Gold Coast in Jan­uary, Did­dles is by su­per sire Snitzel out of Mimi Le­brock who won the 2007 Magic Mil­lions TwoYear-Old Clas­sic for the Cups King, Bart Cum­mings and jockey Hugh Bow­man.

Did­dles, who races in the Belle Du Jour colours of John Sin­gle­ton, has won two tri­als go­ing into the Gimcrack, both at home at War­wick Farm by mar­gins of 2.5-len and 2-len re­spec­tively – and she was un­touched in both.

“She’s got plenty of speed,” Con­ners said.

“She hung a lit­tle bit in her trial the other day but that’s all. She does things right and is pretty good in that re­gard.

“In both tri­als, she has done it pretty eas­ily and that’s the same in her work.”

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