IT’S a big call after just four starts but Garry Clarke reckons three-year-old Oh So Adorable may just be the best horse he’s ever trained.
Last Sunday the filly confirmed its reputation as Queanbeyan’s most exciting up and coming sprinter after saluting in the $25,000 Thunderbolt Handicap (1000m) on Queanbeyan Cup day.
In doing so, Oh So Adorable set the second track record of her short career, blitzing the best field of the day in a time of 55.73.
“Training’s a lot of hard work but that’s why we get up at 4.30am every morning, for when you get something special like her,” Clarke said.
“I’ve won a lot of cups and had a few handy horses but I think she’s the best I’ve had. For her to do what she’s done in a couple of starts and to be breaking track records like she is, she’s pretty special.
“For a three-year-old to be beating that kind of field as well, I’m over the moon.”
Oh So Adorable’s win in Queanbeyan’s premier sprinting race followed on from the Clarke trained Saharamar’s victory in the Class 3 Handicap earlier in the program.
It was a banner day for Clarke’s small operation with his two Cup day runners his only two horses currently in work.
The truck driver by trade runs his family stable with the assistance of dad Eric and he paid special tribute to his father following Sunday’s success.
“My dad puts in a lot of work into the stable as well, it’s not just me,” he said. “We’re a team me and dad, he’s there every day.
“We hadn’t had a starter in three months [before Sunday] so to have both of them start and win the way they did, we must be doing something right.”
With Oh So Adorable having now proved her class on her home track, the question for Clarke now stands as to where he’ll next run his stable star.
And a trip to town is far from out of the question with Clarke confident the Beautiful Crown sired speedster could prove a metropolitan quality horse.
“I still don’t think we know what we’ve got with her,” he said. “She’s only had four starts so she’s still learning but if we can pick the right race, I definitely think she’s got a win in town in her.
“She’ll be up in the ratings and she’ll cop a bit of weight now but she’s a good horse and she proved that [on Sunday].
“To be honest I don’t know what we’re going to do with her but hopefully she might take us on a bit of ride.”