NEXT month’s Queensland Triad on top of the hit list for in-form pacer Clintal Do.
Triumphant in last season’s three-year-old division, Clintal Do is being primed for his title defence by trainer Richard March.
Successful at five of his last six starts, Clintal Do’s build up to the feature included a win at Albion Park last night.
Naturally pleased with the son of Dawn Ofa New Day, March plans to give Clintal Do “another start or two” before his May 12 showdown.
“Although he hadn’t started for a month, as I gave him a freshen-up after Armidale, I felt he’d go well as he has been working fine,” March said.
“I’m very happy with the way he went and expect him to improve for the run. I will give him another start or two, which will lift his fitness right up before the Triad.”
Driven by Nathan Dawson, Clintal Do settled midfield from barrier five before scoring in 1:57.6 over 2138 metres.
The gelding’s victory was the opening leg of a double for March and Dawson, who combined to win the following race with Our Major Day.
Also finding the lead, Our Major Day accounted for Grinydontcha and Glasscutterspirit in 1:56.8 over 1660 metres.
“He’s been racing very consistently and had been building up to this win,” March said. “I’ve got nothing picked out for him at the moment, so I’ll just keep racing him through the grades.”