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Homework Pays Off For Clark

Friday, 13th September 2019

There’s little doubt Raquel Clark is a rising star in the saddle. Having never experienced riding at Flemington, never mind the totally different know-how required for judging a straight six, the South Australian hoop walked the direct line course twice before Saturday’s Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m). Adding heaps of pressure to the exercise for Clark was the fact she was on short-priced race favourite Dalasan who was coming off a defeat of subsequent Gr1 winner Scales of Justice. Beginning well, Dalasan found himself stuck in the middle of a wall of horses going through the 300m mark before Clark niggled at him to give chase to leader Dubious who he only properly collared 50 metres from home. Finishing in the money in 38 of her past 100 rides, Clark has now ridden Dalasan to victory in all four of his wins, and she is hoping to retian the ride in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas. Before that, though, the son of Cornerstone Stud shuttler Dalakhani will line up in the Caulfield Guineas Prelud (1400m) at month’s end. According to punters.com, co-trainer Leon Macdonald was openly supportive of Clark’s ambition, saying: “As far as I'm concerned she will keep the ride, but that's up to the owners [but] you can't really take a winning rider off, can you?"

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