Raquel Clark is focused on her Melbourne return in two weeks’ time when Dalasan tackles the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude on September 29.
The former Tasmanian flew home on Sunday for a handful of rides at Devonport after the fairytale Flemington debut aboard the exciting three-year-old in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes. “It was so good to be able celebrate with my family and friends,’’ Clark said on RSN radio yesterday. Dalasan firmed into a dominant $5 Caulfield Guineas favourite with Ladbrokes. Adelaide’s leading rider said it was an amazing experience to win a Flemington feature at her first ride on the hallowed turf.
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SA jockey Raquel Clark after riding Dalasan to victory in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Picture: AAP Image/Vince CaligiuriSource:AAP
“I loved every minute of it,’’ Clark said. “I’m just trying to take it all in.
“I’m so thankful of the opportunities I’ve been given.
“There are so many riders as good as me, if not better; they just don’t get the opportunities. I’m very lucky.”
Dalasan was brilliant late, powering away from rivals after racing greenly at his first time down the straight.
“I think he just won that race on ability,’’ Clark said.
“I thought he was the best horse in the race so I was giving him no reason to find a way not to win.” And like trainer Leon Macdonald and co-trainer Andrew Gluyas, Clark is confident the best is in front of the horse.
“We’ve always said he was going to get better with ground – we hope we’re right,’’ Clark said. “Being over the 1200m, I knew he was always going to hit the flat spots that he did.
“He always has put in our heads he’ll get further. I think the flat spots that he hit (last weekend) really was him trying to settle. I don’t think the mile will be a problem at all.”
Clark will be back in Adelaide for a full book of nine rides at Gawler on Wednesday.
Jamie Kah capped a memorable day for SA jockeys with her Group 1 Makybe Stakes win aboard Gatting. She’ll chase consecutive Melbourne majors this weekend on So Si Bon in the $500,000 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield for the Lindsay Park stable.
Originally published asClark on top of world after Flemington fairytale
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