Doncaster Mile 2015: Dry argument for Cosmic Endeavour   Leave a comment

Doncaster Mile 2015: Dry argument for Cosmic Endeavour

Cosmic Endeavour wins the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard

Cosmic Endeavour wins the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

TIM Clark won a Doncaster Mile four years ago on Sacred Choice in heavy conditions but is one jockey wanting a drier surface at Royal Randwick on Monday.

Clark has two Group 1 rides — Cosmic Endeavour in the $3 million Doncaster Mile and Famous Seamus in the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

Cosmic Endeavour dropped out noticeably in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) but won the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at her previous run.

“She’s a dual Group 1 winner on 52kg trained by Gai Waterhouse,” Clark said.

“Without even seeing the field, odds or anything — that combination is a winning one.”

The jockey concedes his mount “is probably more explosive” on a dry surface but reminds punters “she’s won twice on slow tracks”.

“She might have her preferences but she can handle all conditions and if you take away that last run when coming off a big win at Group 1 level, she’s really progressed well for this all prep,” he said.

Four horses in the past 30 years have been unplaced in the George Ryder Stakes then went on to win the Doncaster Mile. Two of those — Pharaoh (fourth, 1994) and Assertive Lad (11th, 2001) — were trained by Waterhouse.

“Gai gets them to peak for the day and the horse has been targeted at this race all along,” Clark said.

“She’s won a Group I weight-for-age race this autumn and drops to 52kg here.”

The jockey said Famous Seamus has got under the guard of the punting public again in the TJ Smith Stakes, where the gelding is a $51 chance.

“He’s an underrated horse, always has been and continues to get under the guard of the public,” Clark said.

Famous Seamus is a four-time winner at the distance and a three-time winner at the track as well as a Group 1 weight-for-age winner.

“He’s one of those genuine racehorses that’ll run at the top level for seasons — winning here and there — and giving his owners the ride of a lifetime in the process,” Clark said.

Tim Clark (above) concedes Cosmic Endeavour “is probably more explosive” on a dry surface

Tim Clark (above) concedes Cosmic Endeavour “is probably more explosive” on a dry surface but reminds punters “she’s won twice on slow tracks”. Source: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Dry argument for Cosmic Endeavour

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Posted April 5, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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