Poet Can Continue Winning Ways: Clark (Saturday)

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By Matt Jones

Tim Clark has only ridden Oxford Poet once, but he’s confident the horse can record back-to-back Listed wins in the $150,000 Winter Challenge at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The Kim Waugh-trained five-year-old was impressive in holding off Zin Zan Eddie and Ninth Legion in the Winter Stakes (1400m) on July 16, but will have to carry 3kg more this time.

That was Clark’s only worry in a race where Oxford Poet has a lot going for him.

“He did a good job last start and controlled the race,” Clark said.

“He can relax well and he’s got a nice cruising speed so I just need to get him into a relaxed rhythm and he’ll kick well.

“It looks like he’ll lead again on Saturday and I’ll try and rate him similar to the other day but the query is the weight, that’s my only concern.”

Oxford Poet meets Zin Zan Eddie, Marenostro and Tales Of Grimm again along with first-up Godolphin pair Allergic and Alegria and Clark will ensure they have something to chase.

“He’s a bit one dimensional. He likes to roll along and use his good gate speed and tactical speed but he’ll be in the firing line again,” he said.

“If he can control the race to suit himself he should run it out strongly.”

It would probably be fair to call Oxford Poet a track specialist if he wins at Rosehill on Saturday.

It would be his fourth win from seven starts at the venue and his sixth career win from 23 races.

Clark said he was ready to win over 1500 metres for the first time. “It’s a nice flat track and Rosehill suits his style of racing for sure,” he said.

“I always thought it was a good possibility he’d improve off his last run and be peaking on Saturday. He’s one of my main chances on the day.”

The first of nine races at Rosehill Gardens jumps at 11.45am, with the Winter Challenge to start at 3.25pm.

Oxford Poet and No Bad Blood both bound for Rosehill Gardens

Impressive last start winner Oxford Poet will be joined by No Bad Blood both bound for Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, taking their places in race 7 Winter Challenge and race 9 NSW Racehorse Owners Association Trophy respectively.

Oxford Poet was most impressive in scoring an all the way victory in the listed Winter Stakes at Rosehill a fortnight ago and has continued to thrive both on and off the track pleasing all concerned in the lead up to his next assignment on Saturday. The bold front running galloper has been a model of consistency right throughout his career and was rewarded with a black type win last start.  ‘Oxford Poet is great, he been racing really well and continues to do exceptionally well between runs. The gelding is up considerably in weight from his last start win but he is a big strong horse that does carry weight well and if Tim Clark is able to control the race again I’m sure he will again prove to be the horse to beat as he steps out to 1500m for the first time this prep ” added Kim. Tim Clark will be out to continue his winning association with Oxford Poet when the pair step out in the Winter Challenge over 1500m, with the pair jumping from barrier 7 on Saturday.

Oxford Poet winning the Winter Stakes at Rosehill

Oxford Poet winning the Winter Stakes at Rosehill

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No Bad Blood steps out for the second time this prep following a strong first up performance when finishing fourth over six furlongs a fortnight ago and has continued to make nice progression and natural improvement into Saturday’s run. ‘No Bad Blood is very well, I thought his first up run was full of merit and the slight drop back in distance to 1100m along with the slight drop back to 72 bm looks suitable for No Bad Blood. He’s a horse that does like to race handy and will again most likely take up a forward spot from the tricky gate” added Kim. Jay Ford has been booked to ride No Bad Blood, with the pair jumping from barrier 10 in race 9.

No Bad Blood

                             No Bad Blood

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Bao Zheng scores an impressive maiden victory at Wyong today

Star Witness gelding Bao Zheng looked most impressive in scoring his maiden victory at Wyong this afternoon. The big strong 3yr old gelding took the experience from his first race start into this afternoon event to provide trainer Kim Waugh and his connections a memorable win at only his second lifetime start. Bao Zheng settled beautifully in a midfield position before sweeping around the field midrace to pounce on the lead to score running away. “Great win, he’s a lovely type who has just needed time to grow into himself, he is a massive individual that has always show nice ability at home, things didn’t go to plan at Cessnock after drawing wide but he certainly made up for it today. We will let him get over todays win before I sit down and see where we head next” added a thrilled Kim.

Bao Zheng's impressive maiden victory at Wyong

Bao Zheng’s impressive maiden victory at Wyong

 

Bao Zheng with winning connections followin

Bao Zheng with winning connections

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