Not sure if he planned it that way, but leading Tasmanian businessman, Dudley Clark, had the rare honour of winning a race at Hobart on 13 December which was, basically, named after himself.
Actually, the race was called the Dudley Clark Industrial Land Supplies 0-75 Handicap over 1550m and methinks the joy of watching his bonny mare, Esprit of Eve, romp home for her fourth career victory far outweighed the thrill of getting his money back.
Bred by Ken Williams and Keith Biggins, Esprit of Eve is out of Apalachicola which, incidentally, made her the second Bel Esprit city winner out of a Noalcoholic mare to win in two days.
It’s a pretty solid ‘nick’ given that only three Bel Esprits out of Noalcoholic mares have raced thus far, which each of them winning a combined total of nine races.
By the by, Apalachicola is a half sister to Group Two winner Tears Royal and closely related to Vitalic, My Evita and co.
Meanwhile, Dudley, a great supporter of Apple Isle racing and breeding, evidently has high hopes for a God’s Own he is racing with syndicator to the stars, Denise Martin.
God give him speed, Dudley.