Moore's leap of faith pays off
What a difference a day made for Australian Tim Clark yesterday as he bounced off a 'springboard' from champion trainer John Moore to land Sa Sa Ladies' Purse on Jacobee and seal a double, and Moore indicated there could be more where that came from.
Clark has battled to get worthwhile mounts in his debut stint but made the most of his opportunities to arrive first on Rock'N Typhoon for Andreas Schutz and then for Moore on Jacobee 30 minutes later in the Class One feature. 'And I've told Tim that, with me having multiple runners in most of these big races, there will be other rides for him,' Moore said. 'He's riding Able One in the Sha Tin Trophy on the 30th of the month and I'll probably have five runners in the sprint race that day, so he'll be on one of them. Of course, Darren Beadman is the stable jock and gets the choice and Jeff Lloyd does a lot of work for me and will get plenty of rides, but Tim has been working hard in the mornings and he's part of the team too now.'
Clark took advantage of a gate one draw and Jacobee's honesty and versatility, parking straight behind the natural leaders, Super Pistachio and Familists in what lived to expectations as a fairly modestly-run affair, and those three fought the finish out with Jacobee doing best to win his fifth race from 15 starts.
'He's very genuine - he just doesn't know how to run a bad race,' said Moore. 'I wanted him handy when there didn't look to be speed and he was always in the right spot. We want to try and get Jacobee a start in the Hong Kong Cup in December, so he'll go the Trial race next month to try to prove himself against the big boys. Once they get to the rating he's at now, the programming pretty well determines where you can run anyway.' Clark's break with the top stable came via Moore's niece, who is married to Sydney jockey Jason Lee.
'Jason called me and said Tim was a hard worker and deserved a chance so I spoke to Tim and told him to come and ride some work for me,' Moore said.
'He has never said no to any horse I've asked him to do, his feedback has been good and he's done everything asked.
'I'll always reward hard working jockeys - I know what it's like to be in their place. Tim is a good rider and is going to do very well here, he just needs a springboard.'
Clark said he had not been losing confidence despite just one winner in the first ten meetings, as he felt he had been playing his part well enough but without having the horsepower under him. 'I've felt I was riding OK and it was just a case of waiting for things to turn around, but it's nice to have things fall into place and get the winners,' Clark said.
'John's been giving me a few rides lately and some good quality rides. Today everything went perfectly to plan with Jacobee - they didn't go that quick but they did go quick enough for him to get into a rhythm and the horse showed plenty of heart in the finish.'
Clark also opened his account for Schutz with Rock'N Typhoon, who has had a litany of problems after arriving on a 90 rating two years ago, but finally broke trough for his first victory after a return to Schutz's yard this season.
'He's always had problems - bad feet, bleeding issues and he hasn't got the best joints - but I knew all that when he came back to me as I'd had him the first time around,' Schutz said.
'He's been working up to this, with a better run at his second start and he was ready today.
The 1,400m probably is his maximum and he didn't win by far but I'm hopeful he can win another one.'
The winning strike rate for champion trainer John Moore after racking up win number six from 42 starters