Monday, February 5, 2018
The drought finally broke for long-time Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield and Shore’s Last in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
For Clayfield it was his first win this year while Shore’s Last, a well bred son of Kinloch Brae x On Shore, last won at Tara Raceway in July last year.
A winner of three races at the track and distance, the brindle dog led all the way to defeat the consistent Goldie’s Run – nine minor placings from his past 11 starts – by three-quarters of a length with a further 2¼ lengths back to the luckless Xtreme Purpose in 30.39 seconds.
Speaking later, Clayfield said the win had been a real confidence-booster for a dog that had been sadly lacking in confidence.
“He had lost all confidence and then back in early November he fell in a 600 metre event which certainly didn’t help matters,” he said.
“Because he’d won here in 30.07 seconds I knew he could run a bit so I freshened him up before giving him a few trials.
“But, to be honest, the trials were nothing special so no one was more surprised than me when he came out today and won at $26.”