Clark’s mobile of interest to stewards

RACING NSW stewards inspected Tim Clark’s phone after they were highly critical of his ride on Washington Heights at

Stewards adjourned the matter to look at other aspects of the race but not before grilling Clark for 20 minutes and asking to view his phone where he discussed race tactics briefly with his manager, John Walter.



Stewards criticised Clark’s decision not to take the run to the outside of eventual winner Kingsguard early in the straight as Clark opted to instead stay on the fence and follow the luckless Tom Melbourne.

Racing NSW investigator Nathan Hayward viewed Clark’s phone and found two messages between Clark and his manager discussing the race in question.

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Tim Clark (red cap) was grilled by stewards over his ride on Washington Heights. Picture: Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia

“Mr Walter messaged saying, ‘I hope they go hard in Washington’s race’, and Mr Clark replied, ‘Washington will be in front of three or so (horses)’,” Hayward said.

Clark conceded there was a run to the outside of Kingsguard early in the straight but he said taking that option would have put him on the back of a struggling horse and he felt he could have still been blocked for a run if he had taken that option.

“It was a 50-50 decision and I banked on knowing what horses were around me,” Clark said.

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Tom Melbourne, left, was unable to reel in Kingsguard after being held up along the fence.Source:AAP

“I could see Tom Melbourne travelling strongly and I was happy to bank on getting on the back of that horse considering he trialled so well and was well fancied.”

Tom Melbourne was held up until the last 50m-100m before finishing second but stewards agreed rider Blake Shinn had no other option but to wait for the run to finally open. Washington Heights finished a luckless fourth.

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