Rich Charm continued the fairytale for respected horse woman Udyta Clarke when he gave his all to win a third in a row for his loving Cranbourne based trainer by saluting in the Newmarket Grand West $280,000 VOBIS Gold Sprint.
Stealing the limelight from all others, the petite trainer encapsulated the meaning of the day, showcasing Victorian breeding, ownership and bonuses.
“Right from when this horse was young I knew he was good,” Clarke said.
“There was something about him that showed he was different to other horses.”
Clarke has done a terrific job with the talented homebred and now he has learnt his craft, he can settle nicely with a versatile racing style, being able to come down the outside or in between the field.
“That’s rare in horses, as most horses have one pattern of racing, but he doesn’t care if he runs over the top of them, he just says give me room and I’II go there.” Clark said.
Loving her horses like they were her children, she pours her heart into their care and training.
“They are my babies, and they think I am their mother, I love them all the same.”
Part-owner Craig Rumble has been breeding horses since he was just 17 years old, which makes a total of nearly 25 years.
“We had a good one called Prince Bellaire in ‘96, he was a little champ, and we have bred and raced a lot since then until Rich Charm came along,” Rumble said.
“We all have a really close bond, myself, my brother Shane, Don Allan, together with Udyta and Keith who helps her out immensely, we all are really tight.
“We help out at the stables and my girls even name the horses, hence a past galloper called Lady Rapunzel.”
Udyta even bought a pony for Craig’s girls to ride, but for now ‘Vicki’ has now become Rich Charm’s inseparable travel companion.
“I’ve been in big stables before, and you’re just a number, but we are so involved with Udyta.” Rumble said.
“I love the analysis side of the breeding, Shane and I are right into it and Udyta often asks what we think, and we saw (Rangal Park’s) Danerich as a great match for the mare Charmly.”
Rich Charm has won six of his fourteen starts and Saturday’s victory took his prize money past the $400,000 mark .
Having a play at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday with Saturday’s funds, Rumble hopefully found another Rich Charm.
“I bought a beautiful Americain colt from the Swettenham Stud draft and Udyta loved a Sizzling colt from Blue Gum Farm so we brought him home too,” Rumble said.
Meanwhile Udyta will keep up with the hard work and offer some philosophical thoughts on her racing career.
“I’m a private person, and life just goes along. You can get so disappointed when things go wrong, so I have leant over the years that when you have a good horse – just enjoy it.”
We certainly all enjoyed seeing Udyta, Craig and connections celebrate their ‘baby’ Rich Charm’s win.