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Too Clever to Consolidate at Home

ROBERT EDWARDS
Leading trainer Peter Fernie is confident Too Clever has the ability to make the journey from Kalgoorlie to Perth, but first he needs to consolidate his form at home.

And a win in Sunday’s Mt Vetters Pastoral Company Handicap (1100m) would go a long way to vindicating that trip south.

Fernie has been impressed by Too Clever’s raw ability, but has concerns about his mental ability to handle a six-hour road trip and the hustle and bustle of city racing.

“He is a nice little horse and just wants to run on the track,” Fernie said. “He has got a lot of ability but he is still too hot-headed and needs to mature more mentally.

“I hope he could go to Perth and win a Saturday race, but he will keep racing here until he learns to settle better.”

Too Clever has won at three of his five starts at Esperance (maiden) and Kalgoorlie over 1100m and 1200m.

The two times Too Clever was beaten he ran second to Goldfields’ star Corvara.

Too Clever had a tough run when he was trapped three deep through-out, before finishing strongly to beat Pearl Of The Plain, who charged late, over 1100m at his last start on May 21.

The son of the Oakland Park stallion Rogano wanted to hang in down the straight, but raced to the line strong under leading rider Mitchell Pateman.

Pateman retains the ride on Too Clever, who drops a half kilo to 59kg for his rise to a 58-plus handicap. He has drawn well in barrier five.

“If he does everything right he should be really hard to beat,” Fernie said.

Too Clever is bred and owned by former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club chairman Andrew Inglis.

He is the first winner from three foals of Pearls Of Wisdom (Pearl Of Love-Lonicera), who is a half-sister to the former smart sprinter Red Hot Sax. Fernie trained Pearls Of Wisdom, who was placed three times at 20 starts, for Inglis.

Fernie runs smack into Corvara with The Cruel Sea in the Tonkin Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

Corvara has shone as bright as a beacon since joining the stable of Merv Dellar, after being transferred from the Ascot stable of Simon Miller.

The five-year-old will be out to stretch her unbeaten streak five wins in the 70-plus handicap.

Top jockey Daniel Staeck, who has ridden the mare to her past three wins, rides again.

“We tried to stretch him (The Cruel Sea) up in distance last start to see if he would stay,” Fernie said. “He has been freshened up and is racing really well this season, but he is going to have to be at his best to beat Corvara.”

The Cruel Sea led but capitulated to run sixth to Macavity over 1760m at his last start on July 9.

Pateman rides the gelding on 59kg.

He must concede 3.5kg to Corvara on 55.5kg.

Pegatego (59kg) meets Corvara a kilo better on their last clash when she claimed him by a short-head over 1200m on July 30.

Viking Forrest, who lost a length at the start and was unable to get a clear passage in the straight to finish fifth (2len) to Corvara last start, meets her 2.5kg better, aided by the 1.5kg claim of apprentice Tayla Stone on 55kg.

The intriguing runner of the race is the former brilliant three-year-old Black Dynamite, who is having his first start for the in-form Craig Wright.

Black Dynamite was a high-class three-year-old, winning twice at Ascot and Belmont Park and he ran seventh to Dreamtime Dancer in the Listed Challenge Stakes (1400m) last year.

He has since been on the merry-go-round passing through the stables of Brian Kersley, Eric Wake and Daniel O’Connor before going to Wright.

Black Dynamite ran last of four horses behind stable-mate Bollywood Blitz in an 1100m trial here a fortnight ago.

Bollywood Blitz blazed his rivals, carrying 61.5kg, first up in the Mayoral Cup (1400m) last Sunday.

“He has got a few issues we are trying to overcome,” Wright said. “He is on the improve, but I would like to see how well he finishes off his race on Sunday.”

Wright will be keeping a close eye on the weather over the next week with Bollywood Blitz needing to have one more start before he runs in the $100,000 Hahn Electrical Coolgardie Cup (1760m) on September 3.

Wright will enter Bollywood Blitz in a 78-plus handicap (1600m) at Belmont Park next Saturday and in the Goldrush (1600m) at Kalgoorlie on the following day.

Last Wednesday’s meeting at Belmont was abandoned because of heavy rain.

Stewards ordered the false rail to be moved out to 15m with a cutaway in the straight for today’s fixture.

“Bollywood Blitz has pulled up super from his win,” Wright said. “He definitely needs another run over a mile to bring him forward to the Coolgardie Cup.

“I will be monitoring the weather very closely because I don’t want to go to Belmont and run on a quagmire or have the race abandoned.”

Fernie, who is the clear leader on the trainers’ board with 24 wins, has another busy day saddling nine runners on Sunday’s seven race card.

Brolo Boy kick starts the day for the stable in Race 2, followed by Haul In (R3), Too Clever and Fat Amy (R4), Omerta and Makura (R5), The Cruel Sea (R6) and Code Violation and Senorita Bonita (R7).