Thursday, March 22, 2018
The month of March saw Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield’s stocks rise considerably after the arrival of the Adelaide-owned Cinnamon Rose who brought up her third win in succession at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Clayfield’s first couple of months this year had been pretty miserable, Shore’s Last his only winner in early February, so when the opportunity presented itself to have a go with Cinnamon Rose he figured he didn’t have much to lose.
“It was actually a couple of things that fell into place and resulted in her finding her way down here,” Clayfield said.
“Cinnamon Rose was being trained by Reynella owner Ross Smith’s neighbour Wally Harkins but a new trainer was required when he went on an overseas holiday.
“So with Ross’s son Damien currently building at Penola and making quite a few trips down here from Adelaide they made contact to see if I would be interested, also believing that the finish-on-lure at Tara Raceway probably wouldn’t do her any harm.”
Previously a winner of two 388 metre events at Angle Park, Cinnamon Rose won on debut at Tara Raceway for Clayfield over 400 metres on March 9 and beat the grader when winning again two days later.
He then stepped her up to 512 metres on cup day in the Laser Electrical Stake, which resulted in another comfortable win after an early tussle with Dimora Flash.
Cinnamon Rose was purchased in November by Smith, a former successful breeder, owner and trainer who bred the 1983 and 1986 Mount Gambier Cup winners Magic Fame and Riverland Roy.
By US sire EJ’S Douglas, she’s out of 15-race winner Eustace Diamond, a daughter of Surf Lorian and Coulta Sandy who won 20 races and $56,000 in prizemoney.
Clayfield now has Cinnamon Rose engaged in box six in Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m), with the handy grade five field likely to be the February 2016 brindle bitch’s biggest test to date at Tara Raceway.