Queanbeyan Race Meeting
Where: Queanbeyan Race Course, McCrae Street
When: Monday, first race at 1.08pm
LOCAL trainer Garry Clarke says three-year-old Oh So Adorable is looming as a genuine chance at taking out Queanbeyan’s richest sprinting race.
Clarke is aiming the Beautiful Crown sired filly at the $25,000 Thunderbolt Handicap (1000m) on Queanbeyan Cup day later this month.
Next Monday will see her jump in the Thunderbolt Prelude at Queanbeyan in what will likely prove a final hit out before the Thunderbolt itself on October 27.
“She’ll be a genuine chance in the Thunderbolt without a doubt in the world,” he said. “She’s a really nice horse so I’ve got a very high opinion of her.
“Her breeding wasn’t too bad either, her mother [Hurricane Stroller] won 14 races and her father was a champion as well.
“She’s still a bit smallish though so I’ll probably only give her three or four runs this preparation and just see how she’s handling it.”
Oh So Adorable has impressed in her short career to date, winning on debut in Queanbeyan in April before claiming a second win on the trot at Moruya.
She then finished five lengths off the pace in her last start at Royal Randwick before being sent to the paddock.
Clarke will also be looking to get the well regarded but injury prone Saharamar back on the track after nominating her for the Benchmark 50 over 1100m in Queanbeyan on Monday.
The three-year-old has struggled this year after tearing the cartilage off the back of her ribcage in January before enduring an ill-fated return to the track in May that saw her run unplaced in two starts.
“She’s come back well from the paddock but I’ll be a bit more cautious with her this time than I was after her last spell,” Clarke said.
“I thought she was alright when we brought her back [in May] but it turned out she was no good at all.
“The chiropractor had a look at her on Sunday and was quite happy with her but we’ll just see how she goes. I’m not going to push her back into anything.”
Saharamar has three wins and two placings from her 11 starts to date.