Tim Clark in the best form of career and out to continue the roll

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November was a good month for jockey Tim Clark.

He had the most rides of any jockey in Australia for the month, 95, and the most winners, 22. He had a career-best five-timer at Canterbury on the first Saturday of the month and capped it with a winning treble at Ascot including a group 1 victory in the Winterbottom Stakes last weekend.

“It was the best month I can remember since I have been riding. The winners just kept coming and so did opportunities,” Clark said. “I didn’t really ride any more meetings than usual but instead of having five or six [rides] I was having full books.

“I didn’t realise how good it was until my mum [Maureen], who keeps a book of my winners, told me that I had around 20 winners for the month.

“I wasn’t thinking about it and just letting it happen. Now I just want to keep it going.”

The month nearly ended with a fall on Wednesday when Clark somehow stayed on Gracious Grey after losing an iron coming out of the  gates. He was so unbalanced his right foot was on the left side of his saddle.

“I don’t know how I stayed on,” Clark admitted. “I thought I was gone and I was bracing to fall.”

Clark has had his eye in and proved the difference for several of his winners during November. Once again for Rosehill on Saturday, he rates his book “as good but nothing really stands out”.

“It has been like that for the past couple of weeks, I have been going to the races thinking I have chances if things have gone right,” he said. “I have horses in the right form, and a lot of them have drawn well on Saturday, which always helps.”

He has Extensible in the Festival Stakes, Iggi Pop in the ATC Cup and Bachman in the Starlight Stakes, all around the each-way mark in betting and more than capable of winning on their day.

“Extensible is a fit mare racing well that has been running good races against the mares at black-type level,” Clark said. “You look at her form and this trip looks to be around her best trip and she is well in at the weights.

“She is like a few of my rides for the day, she has drawn well, which is a help.

“I would say the same thing about Bachman. He has been kept fresh by Gerald [Ryan] and will get every opportunity from gate two.

“I rode him first-up when Kaepernick beat him on Melbourne Cup day, that was a really good effort. Kaepernick was up and going and had form around horses like Our Boy Malachi and Spieth and he was just a bit strong for us.

“I don’t think there is a Kaepernick there on Saturday.”

Clark reunites with hardened stayer Iggi Pop in the 2000-metre  ATC Cup and believes he is ready to peak.

“It took a good horse [New Tipperary] a long time to get past him last time and I think he will take improvement out of that run,” he said. “He is about to hit his peak and there are a few races for him in the next month.”

He picked up a couple of handy rides from Tony Gollan in Dee Nine Elle and Salmanazar as well as two-year-old Pymble, which debuts in the opener.

“I rode [Pymble] in his first trial and he impressed me and then Kerrin [McEvoy] rode him in the next one because they were looking to run him last week when I wasn’t going to be here,” Clark said.

“Fortunately they waited until Saturday and I got back on him and he is a real two-year-old and has found a skinny race.”

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