By Gary Harley
Central Coast jockey Tim Clark is enjoying his most successful season and is confident of continuing his winning way at Tuesday’s Newcastle race meeting. The boy from the Riverina, who moved to Sydney to complete his apprenticeship under John O’Shea before settling on the Central Coast, has ridden 110 winners in the 2016-17 season.
Last Saturday he won the Group 3 Tattersalls Cup at Doomben on Queensland stayer Rudy. Clark has five mounts at Newcastle and all are in winnable races. He will be aboard Tinker Dan (race 2), Tip Top (race 3), Seine Net (race 5), Bodhi Blue (race 6) and Piping Hot (race 7).
Tinker Dan trained at Warwick Farm by John Steinmetz, a former Newcastle University graduate, was unlucky when beaten 1.8 lengths at Canterbury last start.
Tip Top is very promising with a win and two placings from his only three starts. He has had two starts after a 593 day break from racing and the four-year-old was impressive in a strong Gosford win on June 16.
The Godolphin filly Seine Net was beaten 2.6 lengths in her only start at Warwick Farm two weeks ago, while Bodhi Blues Metropolitan form is far superior to her opposition. Piping Hot has not raced since a Canterbury win twelve months ago.
Clark, enjoying a Sunday with the family, discussed his mounts with yours truly: “Tinker Dan would not have won last start but he should have finished closer only for being held up inside the last 100 metres. He drops in class and has a great chance.
"Tip Top is a very nice horse and will improve from his last start Gosford win. He has the potential to develop into a handy horse. Seine Net raced on the speed on a heavy track on debut and tired late. She comes back to this Provincial race, albeit, very competitive.
"Bodhi Blue has had a few chances but this is a winnable race for her. Piping Hot is a very nice filly but has a big weight and she has not raced for a year. She has trialled well and she will improve on whatever the filly does on Tuesday, I am certain she will be very competitive.” Clark said.
Local trainer Paul Perry will be hoping that the weather remains fine for his classy two year old filly Aunt Liberty engaged in the 1250 metre Class 1 Handicap. The youngster will be racing against older fillies and mares but that is not a concern at this stage of the season.
Aunt Liberty beat Golden Slipper runner up Frolic on debut at Newcastle in January before being four lengths from the winner Teaspoon in the Group 3 Widden Stakes. Both those runs were on tracks rated ‘good’ however, a heavy 10 track brought about her first up defeat at Muswellbrook two weeks ago.
Kris Lees has called on dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy to take over the reins on the Kiwi bred The World Over in the 2100 metre Class 1 and Maiden Plate. The four year old has been placed in three of his four starts this preparation but this is his first start at a distance further than 1600 metres.