McDonald Hoping Melbourne Rain Hangs Around

July 23, 2013

McDonald Hoping Melbourne Rain Hangs Around

Trainer Clinton McDonald could not have been happier to wake up to the sound of rain in Melbourne this morning and is hoping it hangs around until Saturday to improve the winning chances of Second Effort in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Clinton McDonald is hoping for a wet track at Caulfield this Saturday for rain lover Second Effort. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

There are few horses in Australia who relish rain-affected ground more than Second Effort with the Mossman gelding recording an incredible nine wins from eleven race starts on a wet track.

It really is a case of the wetter the better for Second Effort with the rising seven-year-old scoring the biggest win of his career in the 2012 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) on a Caulfield track that was rated a heavy 10.

The Caulfield track is currently rated a slow 6 but with more rain expected before the weekend McDonald believes that the track will be downgraded significantly before the weekend.

“Beautiful wasn’t it,” McDonald told TVN.

“I would say the track would be in the heavy range here now after last night’s rain.”

Second Effort impressed after flashing home late to run third behind Pago Rock and Elite Elle in the Listed John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago and McDonald said his star galloper has improved from the run.

“He’s come through that first-up run really well and he’ll definitely run on Saturday,” McDonald said.

After running in the Bletchingly on Saturday, Second Effort will attempt to become the first horse since Tauto in 1972 to win the P.B. Lawrence Stakes in back-to-back years at Caulfield on August 17 before contesting the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the same track on August 31.

If you believe Second Effort can maintain his stellar record on rain-affected tracks you can back him at bookmaker.com.au tomorrow when the Bletchingly Stakes betting market is released.

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