archive News on Blue Gum Farm
(Clinking pictured left cruising away to an easy victory at Sandown, picture courtesy of TurfPress)
Highly promising two year old filly Clinking has given her connections plenty to consider after her devastating win in Saturday’s Jim Conway Handicap (1200m) at Sandown Lakeside.
Clinking scored on debut over 1100m at Ballarat before the daughter of Churchill Downs found the 1000m to short when running on strongly for third at Sandown on May 23.
Clinking relished the rise in distance at her latest assignment. Nick Hall gave the youngster plenty of time to find her feet and after settling in behind a strong tempo Hall produced the filly at the top of the Sandown Lakeside straight with immediate effect, putting pay to her rivals in slick style, eventually scoring by a widening four lengths.
“She was really good, really strong through the line. She was very fit in those conditions, in that ground, with the fast tempo. It worked out really well for us. She still had to show a good turn of foot on a heavy track and I was glad she did.” Hall said.
Such comments shouldn’t be underestimated and this was further evidenced in ANZ Bloodstock News on the 5th of June. Clinking’s sectionals a very impressive 11.00/11.39/12.11 = 34.50 for her last 600m. Her last 600m being the fastest of the day by over half a second and her 400m to 200m and 200m to winning post were also the fastest of the day. Very impressive stuff for a two year old filly carrying 58kg.
Churchill Downs continues to perform well, sitting in 5th place overall on the Australian 2nd Season Sires List by earnings. However from this crop he is the leading sire by Winner with some 31 individual winners of 42 races and earnings of $928,309.