COP THAT HUGHIE
Clark scores ' victory’ in banter stakes
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.