Doncaster Day at Randwick belonged to young jockey Tim Clark who stole the show with a Group One double including the feature on Sacred Choice.
Clark’s Doncaster confidence was buoyed when the rain started to fall and the Joe Pride-trained mare revelled in the heavy conditions as Clark claimed the biggest win of his career.
The 24-year-old backed up his Doncaster success forty minutes later when he steered the Darren Smith-trained Atomic Force to a 2-3/4-length victory in the Group One Galaxy (1100m).
“It’s unbelievable to get a Group One double on Doncaster day,” Clark said.
“My first Group One win was in the Galaxy (in 2008 on Typhoon Zed) so it’s been a great race for me.
“It has just been a massive day. It’s a huge buzz and a huge thrill.”
Clark is best known as the regular rider of the now retired Hot Danish who he rode in most of her starts including Group One wins in last year’s All Aged Stakes and Doomben 10,000.
He was also on board Hot Danish in last year’s Myer Classic when Sacred Choice careered away from them to win in the driving rain.
But on Saturday it was Clark on the noted mudlark as she destroyed a classy Doncaster field on a track rated a heavy (10).
“I won Group One races on Hot Danish but this is definitely the biggest race I’ve won,” Clark said.
“The rain obviously brought her right into the race. I thought she was a good chance before that but when the rain come it just really brought her into the race.”