Clark aiming for a dream debut in Melbourne Cup

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2011, 12:00am


Weeks after his breakthrough Hong Kong success, Australian jockey Tim Clark will fulfil a dream when he rides in the Melbourne Cup for the first time next Tuesday.

Clark (pictured) described the opportunity to ride the Gai Waterhouse-trained Older Than Time in the A$6 million (HK $48.5 million) Group One race as a career highlight, given the cup's legendary status in his homeland. 'It's something that you dream about being able to participate in,' Clark said.

'Not everyone follows racing in Australia, but the Melbourne Cup is known as 'The race that stops a nation'. Everyone follows it - they watch it even if they don't watch a race for the rest of the year. It will be a pretty special moment.'

Older Than Time is rated an outside chance and Clark will have to waste hard to get down to the 113 pounds allotted to the five-year-old mare. Despite her long odds, there are some positives for Clark's mount. She has proven staying ability - she was second in this year's Sydney Cup over the same trip - ability in the wet and the fact that she has already qualified for the 22-horse field.

'Obviously she is a pretty rough hope,' Clark said. 'Hopefully she can draw a low gate and do no work in the run. Then you never know what might happen. She's trained by Gai Waterhouse and her horses are always hard and fit.'

The 25-year-old's first Hong Kong tenure hit a high point earlier this month when he piloted the John Moore-trained Jacobee to victory in the Sa Sa Ladies' Purse at Sha Tin, on a day when he rode a double.

He will solidify his association with the Moore camp when he pairs with Able One in the Sha Tin Trophy (1,600m) and Final Answer in the Premier Bowl (1,200m) on Sunday.