Kiwi Bred Quinella in $200,000 Darwin Cup

Tara Madgwick - Monday August 1

The former Maher and Eustace trained Tavistock gelding Playoffs scored a dominant win in the $200,000 Darwin Cup (2000m) on Monday beating Savabeel gelding Kaonic.

Trained by champion Northern Territory trainer Gary Clarke, Playoffs made a winning debut last start in the top end when taking out the $60,000 Chief Ministers Cup and kept up the good work to go and win his target race.


The win was an emotional one for Clarke, his wife Sharlene and their family as they tragically lost their son Guy late last year.

Playoffs, who is raced by a group including Colin McKenna, John O'Neill and his former trainer Ciaron Maher, ran a slick 2.03.57 to break the track record.

Playoffs is a more than handy horse that has the overall record of seven wins and six placings from 23 starts with prizemoney just shy of $500,000.

"I'm one relieved man, I can tell you that," Clarke said after the race.

"Ciaron contacted me ages ago and asked if I thought this horse was good enough to win the Darwin Cup - that was quite a while ago but there's been a plan in motion ever since.

"That horse is one tough horse."

Playoffs cruises home in the Darwin Cup.

Playoffs was a $230,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase from the Cambridge Stud draft and is a half-brother to Group III placed Divine Power from unplaced Zabeel mare Lazaan, a daughter of triple Group I winning Encosta de Lago mare Lashed.





Race Result - Great Northern Darwin Cup 2050m

Fannie Bay Track: Good(3) Time: 2:03.57
T: G Clarke J: J R Todd 59.5
6g Tavistock (NZ) x Lazaan (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $230,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock
T: N J Dyer J: J Keating 54.5
8g Savabeel (AUS) x Fast Love (NZ) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $425,000
V:Blandford Lodge
B: Mulcaster Bloodstock
T: G Clarke J: A Darmanin 54
7g Widden Valley (AUS) x Sure Paint (AUS) (Suresh (NZ))
Noir De Rue
T: Jason Manning J: Ms V Arnott 57.5
8g Blackfriars (AUS) x Rue Des Reves (USA) (Royal Academy (USA))
Inglis December Online Sale $32,000
V:JT & CA Warwick Pty Ltd
B: Jarred Kersten
MM Perth Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Toreby Park Oakford WA
B: Justin Warwick
Gone Bye
T: Emma Steel J: A Nicholls 56.5
6g Al Maher (AUS) x Gone Platinum (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
Inglis May (Early) Online Sale $70,000
V:Mark Newnham Racing (as agent)
B: Aqua Law
Our Destrier
T: K Hann J: S Tsaikos 54.5
6g Zoustar (AUS) x Royal Flirt (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
T: Ms K Petrick J: P Denton 54
4g Star Witness (AUS) x Vintage Strike (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN))
Inglis March (Late) Online Sale $30,000
B: Grampians Racing Pty Ltd
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:B2B Thoroughbreds, Mittagong, NSW
B: Danny O'Brien Racing
Danon Roman
T: Chris Nash J: Dean Holland 54
9g Deep Impact (JPN) x Immaculate Cat (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
Living The Dream
T: Robert Gulberti J: B Rawiller 61.5
7g Artie Schiller (USA) x Dreamwinner (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
T: Angela Forster J: Sairyn Fawke 54
7g Zoustar (AUS) x Ballet Society (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
Inglis July (Late) Online Sale $30,000
V:M.G Price Racing and Breeding
B: Top End L & L
I Am The Fox
T: Ms T Halter J: P Shiers 60
9g Foxwedge (AUS) x Tellora (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Musk Creek Farm, Flinders, Vic
B: Paul Perry Racing
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $150,000
V:Rothwell Park, Murrurundi, NSW
B: Musk Creek Farm
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