The Sportsman Weekend
Beau’s biggest test
Clarken’s up and coming star ready for G1 assignment
TRAINER Will Clarken is under no illusion of the task facing his rising star Beau Rossa in Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
He knows the gelding will have to be 100 per cent right and even then, that may not be good enough for victory at this stage of his career.
“This is the toughest test he has faced and I am mindful of the fact that he has been up for a long time,” Clarken said.
“He had a really long autumn and didn’t have lot of time off after that preparation and now he’s lining up in a Memsie.
“It’s all happened pretty quickly for the horse.
“Wherever he does, I’ll be happy with but if was to run a bit below expectation, he will go straight to the paddock.
“If he pulls up well, might have another run.
“I don’t want to get greedy and smash him round all spring.
“The paddock is looming I’m really looking forward to next Autumn and Spring with him when he is more seasoned.”
Clarken has also accepted for the Leon Macdonald at Morphettville with the gelding as a backup but Memsie is his first choice.
“I just want to make sure he is 100 per cent right for it,” said.
After winning his maiden last November, the son of Unencumbered quickly progressed through the grades winning his first to runs back at Morphettville Parks and Sandown before claiming the Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes two starts later.
The four-year-old kicked off this campaign with a brilliant win in the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville on July 31 before losing Group 3 Spring
to Behemoth protest. “I think we were a sitting duck a little bit.
“Our horse is new (to this level of racing) and accelerated away from Behemoth quickly,” Clarken said
“He had him off the bit for a while but Beau Rossa got little bit leg tired and was having a good look around I think that costs us in the end.
“This week, I would like to see him getting last crack at them.
“Off a hot speed, getting over their heels with a bit of luck and storm home late.
“He is not going to be able to win a race like this with a hard run because he is not seasoned enough.
“From barrier 1, should get a lovely run and just needs a little bit of luck getting out when he needs to.
“They should go along at a nice gallop in this race and he should be able to be travelling just nicely behind them ready to give that good kick that he has.”