Rowe Returns To Kalgoorlie With High Hopes

4
Aug

Perth trainer Stephen Rowe will hope his return visit to Kalgoorlie on Tuesday can be every bit as successful as it was two weeks ago.

Rowe came perilously close to landing a double after Pharomac continued his resurgent form and Clinking ran an unlucky second.

It vindicated Rowe’s decision to target the goldfields after Pharomac and Clinking suffered a major loss of confidence in Perth

Pharomac had gone 14 starts without a win since being picked up from Adelaide trainer, Tony McEvoy, last year.

He came close with third placings in the York (1500m) and Narrogin Cups (1900m), but failed to land the killer blow.

Clinking, recruited from Melbourne, ran a bolter first up in December when second to boom mare, Wink And A Nod.

But his subsequent runs were poor and he appeared headed for the scrapheap before reviving his fortunes last fortnight.

Pharomac’s move to the Goldfields has been a master stroke with the gelding producing two top run on wins.

In July, the five-year-old sprouted wings from last when he ran over the top of Prost (1400m) to score by a short neck.

A fortnight later he mirrored a similar performance when he charged from sixth position to defeat Casino Belle by a long head.

The only change for Pharomac in Sunday’s Relph Electrical Handicap (1200m) is a drop back in distance, but Rowe is unfazed.

“He is pretty versatile galloper who has won from 900m to a mile,” said Rowe.

“He is holding his form and if he runs well again the Hannan’s becomes a possibility.”

Clinking, an unlucky second to Casino Gleam when beaten a head, can atone in the Barcon Logistics Handicap (1600m).

“On her work I think she will run a hell of a race,” said Rowe.

“I will be surprised if she isn’t in front at some stage.”

Pharomac and Clinking will be ridden by Shaun O’Donnell.

RWWA: Julio Santarelli