Newcastle Review – Tuesday 16 October

Tim Clark had a day to remember at the Newcastle Racecourse on Tuesday when for the first time in his career he rode five winners at a meeting.

Clark dominated the seven-race program with his five winners all trained by metropolitan trainers.

They were Shadow Bridge ($2.90) for Mark Newham. Classic Princess ($4.20) and Nordic Lover ($5.50) for Gary Moore, Galway Girl ($2.50) for John O’Shea and Semper Fidelis ($2.60) for Chris Waller.

Clark who will have his first Caulfield Cup mount on Mighty Boss on Saturday said that Newcastle was one of his favourite tracks. “I have won three or four winners in a day at Newcastle and I love the place. The surface was perfect today and I came to the meeting with a high level of confidence as I had a very good book.

However, I am over the moon with five winners in a day. The only other time I have ridden five winners in a day, was at a Canterbury Saturday meeting two years back.  Shadow Bridge ran up to his good trial form and he had the race won a very long way out.

I was keen on Classic Princess as she was unlucky last start at Gosford. Nordic Lover hung on and will improve and Semper Fidelis appreciated the drop-in class.

I thought Galway Girl was my best ride and to lead all the way in the wind was a good effort. She is a progressive filly with a good future” Clark said.

Trainer John O’Shea was full of praise for Galway Girl. “She has been building towards that win and is learning each run. She may have one more run then I will put here away for the Autumn” O’Shea said.

Gary Moore, son of the legendary top jockey George Moore was over the moon to train his first Newcastle double. “To come here today and train two winners is special. My horses are running into form and Tim and I have had a successful association. I had my first race fall at Newcastle when I was riding.”

Scone trainer Brett Cavanough made a rare trip to the Newcastle track and went home with a winner courtesy of the classy mare Falerina. The latter bred and raced by Arthur and Harry Mitchell from Yarraman Park Stud was originally trained by Mick Price at Caulfield but never had a start.

Falerina returned home to Scone at Cavanagh was offered the then filly.

The daughter of Paul Perry’s Golden Slipper Winner Stratum has had five starts for three wins and a second.