Michael Poy returns to scale aboard Five Kingdom (Image: Racing Photos)
Racing’s clock was wound back nearly 30 years at Flemington on Tuesday when apprentice Michael Poy, wearing the colours made famous by Japan Cup winner Better Loosen Up, scored an historic first win for the Lindsay Park stable.
Taking a rare ride for the stable, which is blessed with a number of talented apprentices on their roster, Poy won in his first ride in the colours that his father Michael Clarke wore on Better Loosen Up for a string of feature race wins in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
"He said his dad was desperate for him to win a race in those colours so I think Michael will be pretty chuffed," said David Hayes, the Lindsay Park principal and former trainer of Better Loosen Up after the Vale John Marshall Trophy by won Five Kingdom.
"He reminds me a lot of his father, not so much in his style – none of them ride like they used to – but in the way he talks.
"I’ve been watching him and I get a chuckle when I hear his interviews because he sometimes sounds like him. He’s got a lot of his mannerisms."
The 19-year-old Poy has racked up 85 winners so far in his short career but the win aboard Five Kingdom was a career highlight so far.
"I know dad would be the proudest person in the world at this stage," Poy said,
"We went through the race 1000 times and if we could get an easy lead, which he did, he was always going to hit the line well."
Poy said he expected his father would be in the crowd somewhere.
"He would have been on the fence watching, but he’s stays a bit low now."
After sharing the early speed with Phoneme, Five Kingdom ($2.70 favourite) forged clear inside the 200-metre mark and held off the fast finishing Box On Collins ($15) by a neck with a length to Phoneme ($4.60) in third place.
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