Peter Clancy landed a very popular winning-double at Albury on Tuesday.
The 85-year-old watched on as Theclan was ridden to victory by Danny Beasley in the 1175m Maiden Handicap before Billy Owen won aboard Eastern Breeze in the 1000m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
The veteran Leeton trainer has prepared countless winners over the years, and while he travelled to Albury confident of a winner or two, he said he never counted his chickens before they hatched.
“You can never be too confident,” Clancy laughed.
“Some days you think they can win, and they get beat, and other days you don’t think they’re a chance and they win, but we had a good day at Albury.”
Theclan popped up at $8.50 for Beasley in the maiden, and Clancy said the four-year-old would be better with time and over more ground.
“He’s run at Gundagai last start was terrible, but he’s a promising horse and once he gets over a bit more ground, he will make a nice horse,” Clancy said.
The result was a special one for connections, with Clancy teaming up with Beasley, who only recently returned to the area.
“It was very, very special,” Clancy said.
“I’ve had a good association with Danny, especially when he was a young fella riding around here, and I remember putting him on one in Sydney that won.
“The last two I’ve put him on have won, so it’s been a good little partnership.”
Bringing up Clancy’s double was Eastern Breeze ($9), and he praised Owen for a good ride on the five-year-old that has now won back-to-back races for the Canberra hoop.
“She’s a nice little mare but she can be over-aggressive,” Clancy said.
“Billy, he’s a real horseman and he manages to settle her, and she hits the line for him, while most other people that ride her seem to struggle.
“Ones like Billy aren’t just jockeys, but horseman, they understand horses and he can get the best out of them.”
Clancy went as far as suggesting he wouldn’t have started the All Too Hard mare if Owen wasn’t available to ride her.
“To be honest, I wouldn’t have run her if Billy wasn’t to ride her,” Clancy said.
“When I accepted, and when I got Billy, I did have a bit of confidence and she ran right up to expectation.”
While longer in the tooth these days, there is no slowing Clancy down, and he is hoping to unleash some debutants later this year.
“We’ve got seven in work, and half of them haven’t raced yet, so there should be some fun times ahead,” Clancy said. The stable has Jeddyla entered in the 1300m Class One Handicap at Wagga on Tuesday