Real Peace to ride winning wave in Bondi Stakes

He’s rated only a $51 chance, comes out of a provincial maiden win and lines up in a $1 million race.

It’s hardly a formula for success but Real Peace is emerging as a knockout chance in the rich Bondi Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

“Real Peace is six months away from being a top horse,’’ master trainer Clarry Conners said.

“The owners would like to run him and I can’t blame them — I part-own the horse myself. It’s a race worth a lot of money and we have a fit horse in good form.’’

Conners has prepared many topliners over his celebrated career including the likes of Research, Tierce, Burst, Belle Du Jour, Encounter, Mouawad, Dear Demi, Prowl, Staging, Arborea, Decision Time, Pins and Mossman, so he has a good handle on what makes a class racehorse.

Clarry Conners has trained many top-class horses and knows what it takes to win the big races. Picture: Stephen CooperSource:News Corp Australia

From the very beginning, Conners saw something in Real Peace that others didn’t, purchasing the chestnut colt for just $30,000 at the Magic Million Yearling Sale last year.

This seems a bargain basement buy given Real Peace’s pedigree and racetrack potential.

His sire, Real Impact is a son of Japanese superhorse Deep Impact, and the colt’s dam, the unraced Kirovskaya has produced dual Group 3 winner Irithea. Real Peace is also closely related on his dam’s side to Japan Cup winner Ephiphaneia and multiple Group 1 winner Saturnalia.

Real Peace was having only his fifth start when he broke through to win his maiden at Hawkesbury. Despite the modest formline, Real Peace was visually very impressive last start winning by a widening margin of nearly three lengths.

Ridden by star apprentice Tom Sherry, Real Peace moved up to join the leaders on the turn then took control of the race, drawing clear to win with authority.

“This colt has needed a bit of time but I like him, he’s got something,’’ Conners said.

“I did nominate him for the Victoria Derby but it has come around a bit quick for him. I think he will be a better horse again in the autumn.’’

Conners showed faith in Sherry by rewarding him with the ride on Real Peace in the Bondi Stakes.

“The senior jockeys are hard to get,’’ the Warwick Farm-based trainer said.

“So, I put the boy on that rode Real Peace to win at Hawkesbury. After that race, he was full of praise for the horse and said ‘Mr Conners, I would love to ride him again’.

“He is riding well, he knows the colt and I’m happy he is riding the horse.’’

Clarry Conners is sharing stables with his son, Marc, at Warwick Farm. Picture: Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia

Conners celebrated 55 years as a trainer at Warwick Farm earlier this year and although he doesn’t have the numbers in work he did during the 1990s, he’s still preparing his share of winners.

“I’m happy at Warwick Farm,’’ he said. “I sold my stables (Victory Lodge) and moved my horses into my son, Marc’s stables. Marc is going nice, just wants a good horse, but he’s working hard.’’

When asked if he will form a training partnership with his son, Conners replied: “We will get around to it one day, but we sort of work together anyway.’’

Conners did welcome new recruit, Girl Tuesday, to his Warwick Farm stables earlier this year and is chasing a feature race double at the Randwick meeting when the mare lines up in the Listed $140,000 City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m).

Girl Tuesday, owned by John Singleton and Gerry Harvey, has been racing without any luck this spring including her seventh to Mirage Dancer in the Group 1 The Metropolitan.

“It didn’t go right for her last start but that’s racing,’’ Conners said. “The mare is going great, I’m very happy with her.’’

Conners took over the training of Girl Tuesday during winter and although the mare has managed only one placing in five starts for the stable – she ran second in the Listed Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury back in August – she is racing in good form.

“I got her from the best trainer in Australia but she is the best horse in my stable,’’ Conners said.

Clarry Conners (right) and good friend John Singleton are represented by Girl Tuesday in the City Tattersalls Club Cup. Picture: Peter WallisSource:News Limited

“I do give her a lot of personal attention and we try to mix it up with her training. She goes up the back to the polo fields, does some swimming, we put her in a paddock during the day so she can have a pick of grass. She enjoys the variety.’’

Conners pointed out that Girl Tuesday has been in work for at least eight months now but continues to thrive, particularly on the firmer tracks she has struck in recent starts.

“When ‘Singo’ gave Girl Tuesday to me to train, he said she is sound so we are going to keep her racing,’’ Conners said. “Although she has been in work for a long time now, she has done some racing, I think she is going as well as ever.

“She hasn’t won a black type race, she has been placed in a few, so we are trying to win a good race with her, hopefully Saturday.

“If I can win the two races, that would be greedy but we will see what happens.’’

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Originally published as‘He’s got something’: Clarry gives Peace a chance

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