Adelaide trainer Daniel Clarken will stick to a sprint campaign during the Melbourne Spring Carnival with Miracles Of Life with the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 2 her main goal.
Miracles Of Life was beaten for the first time in the Group 3 $150,000 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday at her first run back after winning the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 23.
The Not A Single Doubt filly over-raced for Lauren Stojakovic in the early stages and that took its toll at the finish with the her rolling in on top of Prince Harada at the 100m as she got tired and wound up in fourth sport behind the David Hayes trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking.
“It was just unfortunate the horse got rolling on her yesterday. Lauren did nothing wrong,” Clarken told The Advertiser.
“She just wouldn’t settle early and Lauren had no choice but to let her roll along.”
But Clarken wasn’t disappointed with the effort and will push towards a start in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and scrap plans to run in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 16.
“The Thousand Guineas is out of the question, but there are some nice three-year-old fillies races and sprints coming along,” Clarken said.
“She’s done everything wrong and was still there at the finish. If it had been 1000 metres it would have been a different story.”
“I was far from disappointed in her. I know they lowered her flag yesterday, but I don’t think they will be doing it again.
“It was a massive run.”
Stojakovic, who received a twelve meeting suspension for causing interference at the 100m, will be back riding in plenty of time to partner Miracles Of Life in the Group 3 $150,000 TBV/Gallagher Bassett Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 27.
Clarken’s visit to Melbourne on the weekend ended on a high with the Adelaide trainer returning home with the Fred Hoysted Medal hanging around his neck.
He topped the votes for the most outstanding training performance of the 2012 – 2013 racing season on Victorian tracks following the wins of Mircales of Life during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Clarken brought his unbeaten filly over from South Australia with little known apprentice Lauren Stojakovic and was able to beat the big name stables in the Listed $120,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview for Fillies (1000m) at Caulfield on January 26 and followed that up with a dominant win in Blue Diamond Stakes a month later.