SA TROTS Andrew Clarkes Celebration

VETERAN horseman Andrew Clarke found the ideal way to celebrate the anniversary of his first Port Pirie victory.

Fifty-five years after breaking his maiden at the South Australian circuit Clarke was back in the club’s winners’ circle earlier this week.

Clarke notched his success with Urgoodboy, which he bred, owns and previously trained.

Due to ill health Clarke transferred the son of Restrepo to Toby Ryan’s stable, a move which has netted four wins from six starts.

“I’m not enjoying the best of health, so I sent him to Toby and Lisa,” Clarke said. “Hopefully they are having a bit of fun with him.

“I am certainly happy with the arrangement with them.”

Settled midfield from his second row draw, Urgoodboy was forced to the extreme outside around the home turn before sprinting to a metre-and-a-half win from the pacemaker, Illawong Kim.

Winston Alexander was six-and-a-half metres away in 1:58.3 over the mile.

“That was a good run from him,” Clarke said. “He’s been in terrific form and hit the line well again.

“It was 55 years ago that I won my first race at Port Pirie with Audition, which was a handy horse.

“I’ve also been involved with Urgoodboy’s family for a while too as I raced his mother and his grandmother.

“In fact, bar one, all the horses I’ve got racing I have bred…I like to think I’m pretty good at the breeding game but it’s luck really!”

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Photo:  Walter Bulyga