COP THAT HUGHIE

Clark scores ' vic­tory’ in ban­ter stakes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

TIM Clark, rider of win­ner Col­lat­eral, was so con­fi­dent he had favourite Car­zoff’s mea­sure he found the time to exchange pleas­antries with ri­val Hugh Bow­man as they neared the fin­ish at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day.

“It was just a bit of friendly ban­ter,’’ Clark said. “Hugh is usu­ally the one run­ning every­one else down so it was good to get one back on him.’’

Col­lat­eral pro­vided trainer Bjorn Baker with his first Syd­ney Satur­day tre­ble when he ran down favourite Car­zoff in #TheRaces Hand­i­cap (1800m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

“It has been a great day,’’ said Baker, who also pre­pared Test The World and Sir Plush to win .

“I thought we had some good chances to­day but Syd­ney rac­ing is so com­pet­i­tive you can’t take any­thing for granted so it is a huge thrill to train three win­ners.’’

Col­lat­eral ($6.50) com­pleted a win­ning hat-trick of his own as he edged past favourite Car­zoff ($2) to win by a long-neck with Speed Hero ($17) two lengths away third.

“You don’t see many horses travel three deep and win over 1800m in Syd­ney,’’ Baker said.

“He’s an im­prov­ing horse and the way he is go­ing we could look at stretch­ing him out over fur­ther, too.’’

Col­lat­eral’s win came 40 min­utes af­ter Sir Plush swept aside his ri­vals in the Sch­weppes Hand­i­cap (1100m).

Baker said he was con­fi­dent Col­lat­eral would run well although he was con­cerned about the heavy track con­di­tions.

“I thought if he could han­dle the heavy it would take a good horse to beat him,’’ Baker said.

Sir Plush ($4.80) might be that “good horse” as he ac­cel­er­ated past his ri­val to win by nearly three lengths from Bada­joz ($4.20 favourite) with Fickle Folly ($4.40) a head away third.

“He has al­ways shown us the world in his track­work,’’ Baker said.

“But it was good to see him do that. He is a pow­er­ful horse this time in work.’’

Jockey Jason Col­lett agreed with Baker’s as­sess­ment of Sir Plush’s phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment since he was last in work late last year.

“Sir Plush has strength­ened right up across the shoul­ders, his chest,’’ Col­lett said.

“He has de­vel­oped into a re­ally nice horse and that was a dom­i­nant win. “He has gone to a dif­fer­ent level.’’ Sir Plush im­proved his record to five wins from 15 starts — and, ac­cord­ing to Baker, the best is yet to come.

“He is still lightly raced and it is all ahead of him,’’ the trainer said.

“I think he showed to­day he is in for his best prepa­ra­tion yet and I do be­lieve he has the abil­ity to win a stakes race.’’

Baker and Col­lett com­bined for a win­ning dou­ble at the Rose­hill meet­ing af­ter win­ning with the promis­ing Test The World.

Hugh is usu­ally the one run­ning every­one else down so it was good to get one back on him

TIM CLARK (PIC­TURED RIGHT)

Tim Clark on Col­lat­eral has a few words to Hugh Bow­man as he gets past Car­zoff.

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