Widely travelled jockey Tim Clark is not ruling out an upset win by his mount Let’s Make It Rain in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Clark will be having his first ride on the $21 outsider but is hoping the small size of the field could play into his favour and pointed out some statistics from the past.
“In 2011 it was a six-horse field and everyone said Smart Missile with his devastating turn of foot,” Clark told The Daily Telegraph.
“Some were saying Helmet could drag his sprint out but in the end Glyn (Schofield) won the race by taking Manawanui to the lead and kicking away in the straight.
“I think in these small fields tactics play a major role and sometimes the best horse doesn’t always win.
“Everyone’s going to have to be on their A-game.”
Clark takes over the reins from regular jockey Sam Clipperton who elected to take the mount on the John O’Shea trained Holler and is not too concerned about drawing barrier eight in the nine horse field.
The Ron Quinton trained Let’s Make It Rain has led and raced on the pace in the past and can also set off the speed as he did when second to Chris Waller trained Wudang Mountain in the $85,000 McGrath Estate Agents BenchMark 72 Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on August 29.
“This bloke has done nothing wrong this prep, is super fit and can be ridden any way you like,” Clark said.
“Last start he lumped a big weight and was very strong when second to Wudang Mountain.”
Let’s Make It Rain scored his only win from six starts three runs back in the $85,000 McGrath Estate Agents 2yo Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury on July 25 and followed that up with a third to Sebring Sun in the Listed $100,000 The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 8.
The Gary Portelli trained Sebring Sun is also an acceptor in the Golden Rose Stakes with veteran jockey Jim Cassidy to ride.
O’Shea will have three runners for Godolphin and as well as Holler, he will saddle up the $2.90 favourite Exosphere and $13 chance Shards.
Exosphere has earned favouritism with Ladborkes.com.au following his impressive win in the Group 2 $175,000 MTA NSW The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on August 29.
Shards is going into Saturday’s $1m race for the three year olds on the back of a last start win in the Group 3 $125,000 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on August 22 and has Hong Kong’s leading rider Joao Moreira to ride.
Golden Rose Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.90 Exosphere, $3.70 Press Statement, $4.80 Speak Fondly, $13 Shards, Holler, $15 Sebring Sun, $17 Ragesse, $19 Gold Symphony, $21 Let’s Make It Rain.