Jul 21, 2016
It was a barnstorming first up performance by Sweet Clementine at Pakenham on Tuesday, the talented mare swamping her rivals from the rear of the field in the 1200m BM58 event.
Having her first run since mid-March, the sparingly raced five-year-old settled back from a wide gate and was a clear last approaching the turn.
Hooking out widest into the straight, she found great running along the outside fence and was able to really let go, charging home over the final 200m to record the fourth success of her 18 start career.
Always travelling nicely for Matthew Allen who has having his first race day ride on the bay, Sweet Clementine "relaxed well and quickened up nicely."
"It was good to see her get to the line like that," Reid Balfour said, adding that she has "a really good turn of foot."
"She has been lightly raced so there is no reason why she can't race on. We have not big ambitions for her but she can race through the grades."
Bred by the Tobin family, Sweet Clementine is by Churchill Downs out of the city winning Royal Academy mare Miss Academic whose progeny have done a great job for the stable.
Currently owned by great clients Hillside Parade Racing & Breeding, Miss Academic - who was served last spring by Cluster - is also dam of the stakes placed Flemington winner Dash For Viz and the five times winner Cash To Splash.
Congratulations to Sweet Clementine's happy owners Robbie Griffiths, Barb Gallaher, Ken Smith, Peter Townsend, EJ McGregor, Graeme McGregor, NoelL Kearns, James Nash, Miller Dietrich Yerfayze, Woodley Racing , Victory Racing and Leesa Attard.