Four year old mare Clancy Pants was rewarded for her recent consistent form with a win in the Team Staffing Solutions Pace at Yarra Glen earlier today. The Charlie Wootton trained pacer has been around the mark since winning at Kilmore in February and produced a dour performance to score at her latest assignment.
Starting from the outside of the second row behind the mobile barrier, Clancy Pants was eased to the tail of the field by driver Josh Duggan shortly after the start. Duggan then bided his time through the first half of the 2,150m event before sending the mare forward three wide with a lap to travel.
Running off the back straight on the final occasion, Clancy Pants levelled up to race leaders Come On Bonnie and favourite Ravello Rock. The daughter of Art Major headed that pair as the field turned for home and then fought on doggedly all the way up the Yarra Glen straight to score from Ravello Rock with Off The Radar running home late for third.
Clancy Pants, who only started racing this season, has now recorded two wins and a further four placings from her 13 career starts to date for connections including senior part owner Danny McKinnon.
"She's been bursting to win another race for some time but she does need the race run to suit," McKinnon said. "She can't really be used at both ends of the race but when she's left for one run she is competitive".
Clancy Pants is a daughter of McKinnon's former handy race mare Clancy Girl who has also left winning relations in Clancy Rose, Dependlebury, Run Clancy Run and The Smirker.
Clancy Pants may have her next outing in a race for C1-C2 mares to be run at Melton next week.
"The old boy (stablemate Washmepockets) might head to the Melton meeting after trialling well first up at Cranbourne on Saturday morning. If that's the case we might throw Clancy Pants on the float as well," McKinnon explained.
By David Scott
Photo Claire Weston Photography