With progeny like Geegees Blackflash (Tasmanian Derby-G3), Luvbite (last start winner over 1800m) and Quid Pro Quo (Morphettville winner over 2040m), it would be assumed by many that Clangalang has a prepotency toward stamina.
Early talk of Reverberates (perhaps his best runner) having a tilt at the Oaks before being sidelined with injury, would undoubtedly fuel that assumption.
After all, Clangalang did win an Australian Derby-G1 (2400m) on his way to an Epsom victory.
However, to dismiss Clangalang as a ‘staying source’ is way too premature when you consider that the likes of Bavarian Belle, Prince Obama, Hi Belle and Cruziero – city winners all – have yet to win beyond 1300m.
Another out and out sprinter is the more than handy WA sprinter, Soviet Banker, who racked up win No. 2 over the 1000m at Pinjarra on Thursday (6 May).
Only twice out of the money in his last 10 outings, the ultra consistent Soviet Banker had no trouble dispensing with rivals at Pinjarra, racing away to score by over two lengths.
Bred by the team at Goulburn Ovens TAFE, Soviet Banker is out of the Star Way mare, Kanava and is closely related to South Australian 2YO stakes winner Wolverton Mountain.