By Ray Hickson
Jockey Sam Clipperton believes the writing is on the wall for stakes placed mare Re Edit to post her first win in 14 months at Randwick on Saturday.
This time last year the Chris Waller-trained mare started on the third line of betting in the Queensland Derby but, aside from one spring placing, had been in the wilderness this season until her eye-catching last start second.
And it was a run that has Clipperton quietly confident he can guide her to an overdue win in the Schweppes Handicap (2400m).
“If she can repeat her last start performance she is going to be in the finish,’’ Clipperton said.
“Some horses after racing in Group company they can hit a stale period but last start was a good confidence boost for her.
“She was back in the field and everything went right, she had a good day out in terms of she didn’t strike any interference and she really hit the line strongly.
“Maybe it was the boost she needed. She seemed to respond to being shut off early and we saw the turn of foot late.’’
She was a $31 chance on that occasion, she’s $7 with TAB for Saturday’s race, but Clipperton is adamant there was no fluke about it.
Re Edit runs second at Rosehill on May 16
Punter’s Intelligence sectional data shows Re Edit clocked the fastest last 600m of 33.37, close to two lengths better than her rivals, as she went down narrowly to Costello at Rosehill over 2400m.
She also posted easily the fastest last 200m (11.21) and Clipperton said he’d like to replicate how that race panned out with one minor exception, and of course the result.
“That run shows she has some good staying ability and she appreciated being ridden quieter,’’ he said.
“She’s drawn a good barrier, without giving away the same start you still have to keep in mind I’ll give her a nice smother.
“Instead of giving away eight or nine lengths we hopefully will be midfield somewhere and doing it nice and comfortably and that’s the key.’’
Among his other Randwick rides, Clipperton expects an improved performance from the John O’Shea-trained Intrepidacious in the Vale Darby McCarthy Handicap (1200m).
The filly was beaten four lengths by Fituese in the Listed Denise’s Joy and Clipperton said while she was probably outclassed it wasn’t a flop by any means.
“I didn’t think her run was too bad last start. She had a nice soft run but she was third on the fence so she couldn’t develop into the race like I would have liked,’’ he said.
“She didn’t have the momentum factor so in a strong race I thought her run was quite good.
“She’s back in grade, has a soft draw and she’s had a nice tick over trial. She makes her own luck and I would imagine all going well she should look the winner at some stage.’’
Intrepidacious was a $13 chance with TAB on Friday morning.