EMOTIONS were running high when promising pacer Clark Griswold scored first-up at Horsham yesterday.
Returning from a six-month break, Clark Griswold registered an effortless victory for trainer Tony Harrison, in what was also his first starter since his mother, Heather, passed away in July.
Thrilled to have the son of Modern Art at the races, Harrison believes his mum was cheering the stallion from above.
“He would have returned a little sooner, but with mum’s passing, things just got put back,” Harrison said. “Having him to work has been a great way to focus on other things and has really helped.
“I’ve got no doubt mum was watching over him from above.”
Driven by leading concession reinsman Jason Lee, Clark Griswold began swiftly to find the lead from barrier seven as Oasis Dream made his way into the ‘death seat’.
Proving too slick along the home straight, Clark Griswold completed a two-and-a-half metre win from a gallant Oasis Dream, with Witzend 12 metres away third.
“That was a great run,” Harrison said. “His work had been good and he had trialled well, so I expected him to be hard to beat.”
Owned by the Harrison family, Clark Griswold is the only member of Harrison’s team, with the horseman also working in aged care.
“I normally work him on his own early in the morning before I head off to work,” Harrison said. “He’s always felt like a good horse, but it’s hard to really gauge him when he’s not working with another horse.
“Jason and Matthew (Craven) have both driven him and said he has the feel of a nice horse.”
Boasting seven wins from 11 stars, the five-year-old will continue to be worked through the grades as Harrison selects suitable targets.
“He’ll probably go around at Terang next week, then just keep working along,” Harrison said. “Down the track I’d like to win an M0, but I’ll just have to see how he goes.”
- PAUL COURTS