Clarke’s faith in Bensley to lift perennial placegetter Duke Of Downunder
ON the score of consistency, trainer Garry Clarke can’t fault Duke Of Downunder, but says a run of placings can get frustrating.
The honest four-year-old takes a string of five minors into the Skyview Windows Plate (1600m) at Queanbeyan today and seems destined to make it six after drawing wide.
But Clarke hasn’t given up hope of a breakthrough win and is hoping jockey Richard Bensley can put in a 10-out-of-10 ride.
“I think he is a good chance,” Clarke said.
“He can come from behind. We will have to ride him quiet from that barrier, there’s no good going out and hunting him forward from out there.”
Duke Of Downunder is back to his preferred distance range, at the mile, and class, today after running third in a class 3 over 2000m on his home track on April 22.
The gelding has won once in 19 starts but has finished second or third a further 10 times.
The Queanbeyan trainer — who also part-owns Duke Of Downunder among a small string of nine horses he trains — says the horse is paying his way.
“His seconds have been a bit frustrating,” he said.
“But he always runs a good race and tries all the time.”
Clarke is confident there’s a win down the track for lightly raced mare Myloveforlara who has just her sec- ond start in the Country Style Windows Maiden (1000m). The accidentprone four-year-old only made her debut last month and finished in the second half of the field at Canberra.
“She’ll probably still need the run, it is still experience for her,” Clarke said. “We’ve finally got her to the track, we had to start somewhere. I think she can win a race.”
Among the incidents the mare has been involved in are putting her head through the top of the horse float and going through a fence in the paddock.
All Time Mischief will kick off Clarke’s day in the Sheridan Garage Doors Handicap (900m).
He’s another honest gelding, who has won one from 11 with another three placings.
He’s always run well on his home track, though Clarke said he’s been in work for a while and is headed for the paddock after today’s race so his expectations aren’t high.
“He’s jumping a couple of classes so it might be a bit hard for him, another placing would be great,” he said.