Clark Dreams of Derby success

13 May 2018 01:33:37 EST

Jockey Tim Clark believes Dark Dream is going to take some beating in the Queensland Derby following his impressive victory in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday.

It capped a remarkable day for Clark, who wrapped up a feature treble on the day when also winning the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on English and the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1350m) on Perast.

How are they going to beat him in the Derby off that?

Tim Clark

Dark Dream was the last leg of the treble in the Queensland Derby lead-up, as he led throughout to beat Chris Waller's Higher Ground, while the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained California Turbo took third.

Clark was full of praise for Dark Dream and expects the son of All American to justify his tag of being the one to beat for the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) next month.

"How are they going to beat him in the Derby off that?" Clark revealed. "My manager has done a great job to get me on this horse. That was a dominant win and he hasn't put it all together yet.

"He's got a fair bit to learn but the talent is there. Once I got passed the 600m I let him rip and he put them away within a couple of strides and wasn't stopping on the line - he's a true strayer and has pulled up like he hasn't gone around.

"This caps off what's been a remarkable day."

Saturday's treble took Clarke's tally of feature wins for the term to 18.

Dark Dream is now 5/2 to win the Queensland Derby, with Higher Ground 8/1 and Lucky For All 4/1.

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