By Ray Hickson
At Rosehill Gardens
Clark Squares The Leger On Enfleurage
It took 11 years but jockey Tim Clark finally got square with Darren Beadman for the result of a Group 1 race back in 2009.
This somewhat obscure reference came about after Clark rode Enfleurage to victory for Godolphin in the Jack Ashman Handicap (1300m).
In the 2009 Queen Of The Turf Stakes, Beadman rode Neroli – the dam of Enfleurage – to a Group 1 win over Hot Danish, ridden by Clark, on heavy ground and that wet track pedigree came into play at Rosehill.
Beadman is of course assistant to Enfleurage’s trainer James Cummings and the filly showed she has the scope to work her way into stakes company in her own right.
“She’s a gutsy filly and she has really responded to us putting her through her grades,’’ Cummings said.
“She’s a quick filly, she had the Lashes form and we thought she would have the speed to be able to dictate.
“She’s proven to be a good fighter, her mother was a ‘mudder’ so the wet track was no problem.
“I think baby steps are still the order of the day but I wouldn’t be surprised if she got to fillies black type.’’
The win was her third from four starts this preparation as Enfleurage held off the easing favourite Big Parade and the well supported Aim For Perfection.
Clark made it an all the way double winning on progressive sprinter Embracer in the Bill Waterhouse Handicap (1100m).
JVO Will See You Soon But Emerging Filly's Return Delayed
Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire's hopes of having a dream Golden Slipper ride are still alive despite a paddock accident delaying the return of talented filly See You Soon.
Van Overmeire has worked overtime to recover from a broken scapula in the left shoulder blade and broken right wrist, sustained just prior to Christmas, to ride the youngster at Tuesday's Warwick Farm trials but trainer Jean Dubois revealed he had to withdraw her from the trials after sustaining a minor injury.
See You Soon was an impressive debut winner then finished runner-up to Dame Giselle in the $1m Golden Gift in November, finishing a length in front of Cellsabeel who is now Golden Slipper favourite, and is a $17 chance in TAB's Slipper market.
"She ran into a fence and took some skin off a shoulder so she wasn't able to work properly,'' Dubois said.
"She galloped the week before did a great piece of work.''
The Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 1 was to be See You Soon's first-up run but that's now out and she could resume a week later in the Lonhro Plate (1000m) at Warwick Farm but it's all dependant on when she's right to trial.
"She's quite light and doesn't take too much work and every Saturday there's a race for her,'' he said.
Last year is one Van Overmeire would like to forget, spending a lot more time off the scene than any jockey would like through three separate injuries including a broken ankle.
All going well during the week he's due to resume race riding at Canberra on Friday.
"I’m frustrated because I’ve been injured so many times but I'm not frustrated about being injured because there are people who don’t come back from being injured,'' he said.
"Every time I come back I think 'it’s out of the way now' then something else happens.''
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Speed Leaves Stella All At Sea
Jockey James McDonald says he was left with no option than to ride Stella Sea Sun cold after losing any chance to race forward thanks to a bumping duel at the start the NSW Bookmaker Co-Operative Handicap (1350m).
Stella Sea Sun started $2.90 favourite and while McDonald told stewards he wasn’t given any instruction by trainer Kris Lees once the mare bumped heavily with Jen Rules out of the gates he elected to go back.
The speed didn’t appear to favour a backmarker with Punter's Intelligence showing the leader Manhattan Mist running the first 750m in 48.78 – in the 1500m Highway two races earlier the first 750m was run in about 47.10.
As it turned out Stella Sea Sun stormed home from last, running 35.46 for her last 600m, more than two lengths faster than anything else, but could only manage third behind outsider No Escape.
“I was going to have to be used up to get across,’’ McDonald told stewards.
“The horse has only got a furlong sprint so I could use it at the start (of the race) or use it at the back.’’
'Winx trial' For Everest Champion
Chris Waller says people can expect reigning TAB Everest champ Yes Yes Yes to have a ‘Winx trial’ when he steps out in a trial at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.
The outstanding colt headlines a 900m trial featuring star sprinter Nature Strip and another Everest runner Alizee.
Waller said he’s yet to decide where Yes Yes Yes will return, though he has a leaning to the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) on February 8, but warned there won’t be too many fireworks from either of his sprint kings in their first public hitout.
“I’m really happy with how they’ve come up,’’ Waller said.
“Although we’ve had a drought with modern training facilities they are actually quite forward.''
It's likely Nature Strip will resume in the Lightning Stakes and Waller's biggest quandary is whether to keep him and Yes Yes Yes apart, and not to ask him to chase a fast horse down the straight, given the long campaign ahead.
“I haven’t spoken to the owners yet, we wanted to wait until after the trial,'' he said.
"I see Nature Strip as a very good straight horse and we are trying to get Yes Yes Yes through to TJs and overseas.’’
Waller also has Shared Ambition, Bondi Stakes winner Kubrick and Reloaded engaged in the opening trial on Tuesday while his Breeders’ Plate winner Global Quest is due to have his second trial later in the morning.