Part owners Helena and Neil Parfitt, and co-trainer/owner Stephen Clarke with Solar Choice.
Part owners Helena and Neil Parfitt, and co-trainer/owner Stephen Clarke with Solar Choice. Gerard Walsh

Distance is no concern for Solar Choice

STEPHEN Clarke is confident an increase of 150m in distance from the last start won't hurt Solar Choice in the Warwick Turf Club TAB meeting at Allman Park on Sunday.

The five-year-old mare was purchased from Joe Pride in Sydney three months ago by a syndicate which has the ownership split four ways.

Co-trainers Les and Stephen Clarke have a share each, as do Killarney couple Neil and Helena Parfitt and Warwick-based owner Scott Hutchinson.

The mare has performed well for its new connections with a second at Gold Coast, first at Goondiwindi and third at Murwillumbah in its past three starts.

In its career, Solar Choice has won at Goulburn and recorded a second at Wyong.

Each of its five placings in 11 starts was at a TAB meeting, the only non-TAB place was at Goondiwindi.

Clarke said he was happy with the preparation for the meeting on Sunday.

Yesterday, Clarke headed down to Gatton with the mare for a barrier trial over 800m.

On Sunday, Solar Choice will go up in distance from 1200m in his past three starts to 1350m.

"She has run 1300m previously," he said.

Nominations closed yesterday for Sunday's meeting which will have six races, including the Mi-Feeds BenchMark 85 Handicap over 1100m.

This race has attracted nine starters, including the Les Clarke-trained Bellantina which is also trained at Allman Park.

Paul Nolan (jnr) will travel from Toowoomba to the town of his youth with Come Said The Boy.

See more race meeting in future editions and Nick Inmon's preview and fields on Saturday.



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