Tim Clark's ride on the short priced favourite in the first at WF yesterday raised a few eyebrows, including that of the stewards. Portelli said he was satisfied with the ride but he must have been the only one.
RACE 1: Darley Lonhro Plate (1100 metres)Time To Reign -When questioned as to why he allowed Time to Reign to travel wide and without cover, rider. T. Clark stated he had anticipated racing outside the leader. He said, after commencing well, he allowed Time to Reignto stride forward with the view of racing outside the leader, Sylvia’s Memory, but when Escaped improved quickly to his inside, he elected not to contest that position as he was satisfied to travel wide and without cover. He added that when in this position, Time to Reign overraced, would not settle, and as a consequence, when placed under pressure in the straight, did not finish the race off as well as expected. He added that in his opinion, Time to Reign would derive a fitness benefit from today’s race and was also not assisted by the rain affected going. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer G. Portelli stated whilst there were no specific instructions, he anticipated Time to Reign being able to take up a position in the lead. He stated that whilst expressing satisfaction with T. Clark’s ride, Time to Reignwas disadvantaged by overracing when wide and without cover.
After considering T. Clark’s explanation, Stewards advised him that he had made an error of judgment in the early stages when not being decisive and crossing to take up a position to the outside of Sylvia’s Memory, which would have avoided the colt covering unnecessary ground on the home turn