Trainer Jim Jarvis and stable jockey Stephen Traecey will try to qualify Clemmensen for The Championships at Randwick when the horse races at Grafton.
Trainer Jim Jarvis and stable jockey Stephen Traecey will try to qualify Clemmensen for The Championships at Randwick when the horse races at Grafton. Rob Wright

Jarvis patiently plans to win The Championships at Randwick

TRAINER Jim Jarvis holds a dream of taking three-year-old Clemmensen from Coffs Harbour to the $300,000 The Country Championship final at Randwick in April.

The long range plan gains momentum at Grafton on Monday with Clemmensen resuming in the Grafton Cup July 9 Class 1 Hcp over 1202m.

"The Championship race is the dream," Jarvis revealed.

"He's a horse that has always shown us a bit, right from day one.

"The plan is to contest the Grafton qualifying race then hopefully be good enough to reach the final."

The $100,000 NRRA Country Championship Qualifier is staged on March 20 over 1400m.

Jarvis, an astute horseman and realist, understands a lot of water has got to pass under the bridge before the plan becomes reality and Clemmensen has to step up to the mark.

Clemmensen, by little known American sire Any Given Saturday, was bred by Ballina based doctor, Bob Jemison.

The gelding failed to reach his reserve price at the Inglis ready-to-run sale and Jemison offered Jarvis and his wife Kris a half share.

Clemmensen has had just five starts for a win and second as a two-year-old and has since won at the Gold Coast by 2.5 lengths.

The horse trialled over 800m at Coffs Harbour on January 11, finishing a close second to Hotel Drive which came out and won at Grafton last Sunday.

"He had an easy trial," Jarvis admitted.

"He went forward and coasted to the line.

"He's pulled up well after the trial and while the training tracks haven't been ideal lately he's had a fair amount of long striding work to get him fit."

Stephen Traecey will be on board when Clemmensen launches from barrier six.



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