“He is going better when the races get longer, and a race like the Melbourne Cup is there for him in the spring.”
Clark made a long sweeping run but had to run down the Darren Weir-trained Heavenly Thought, which had cut the corner and put a length on Dark Dream halfway down the straight. But Dark Dream ($4.20 fav) just kept finding to win by a short neck from Heavenly Thoght ($8), with Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar ($6.50) 2-3/4 lengths back in third.
“He is just so strong and it is credit to Kerry the way he got him here,” Clark said. “I rode him here four weeks ago [to win the Rough Habit] and he was ultra-impressive.
"He had a bit of a hiccup the other day, but Kerry was always confident he would have the horse right on the day, and to his credit he had him spot on.