A RETURN to suitable conditions should enable Clover Lou to make her way back to the winners’ circle at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Successful at her first two Australian starts, Clover Lou then led before finishing third – beaten 57 metres – in Maryborough during her following outing.
Disappointed with the run, trainer Geoff Webster believes the longer distance may have worked against Clover Lou.
The mare’s wins were over 2180 and 2200 metres while her placing was in a 2690-metre handicap.
“Her first two runs were really good then 2690 metres sorted her out,” Webster said. “I was disappointed really as I thought she’d go better than that.
“She won over 2600 metres in New Zealand, so there is also the hope she was having an off day.
“This week’s race looks quite suitable for her and hopefully she will go as well as she did in her first two starts.”
Along with dropping back to 2240 metres Clover Lou has drawn to receive the perfect passage from the pole.
A handy beginner, the daughter of Angus Hall is likely to lead early giving reinsman Zac Phillips options as to driving tactics.
“The pole and being back to the shorter trip will help,” Webster said. “She does come out well enough to hold the lead or take a sit.
“She should be pretty competitive from there although it is a good field with solid form.”
With no major plans in mind for the trotter Webster will select suitable races as they become available.
“There is nothing too much picked out for her,” Webster said. “She is just an honest mare which can hopefully pick up couple of wins before we send her interstate.”