Clarke had Little Time Gem set for Queanbeyan
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Clarke had Little Time Gem set for Queanbeyan

Little Time Gem was struggling and she wouldn't eat her food, but Queanbeyan trainer Garry Clarke thinks he's got her back on track now.

She opened up this preparation with a win at Tumut and Clarke thinks she's a sneaky chance second-up at Queanbeyan on Monday.

Queanbeyan trainer Garry Clarke, right, thinks Little Time Gem is a chance at Queanbeyan on Monday.

Queanbeyan trainer Garry Clarke, right, thinks Little Time Gem is a chance at Queanbeyan on Monday.Credit:Jeffrey Chan

He's got Quayde Krogh on her in the Heat of the Rising Star (1000 metres), which is a race for apprentice jockeys.

The five-year-old mare has drawn well with barrier 3 and was a $16 chance.

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"She's going good. That win at Tumut was pretty dominant, it was a non-TAB, but that doesn't matter really," Clarke said.

"I think she's a good chance [on Monday]. She drew not a bad barrier.

"When she came in I had a few problems with her. She wouldn't eat, as soon as I drove a bit of work into her she went off her tucker.

"I changed a few things with her now and she's eating all the time. She's a different horse this time in."

Clarke said if she can sneak a win on Monday then he'll give her a brief stint in the paddock before looking for greener pastures.

He might take her to Canberra for a race or even head to Sydney for a Highway Handicap.

"After tomorrow's going to tell me a lot more because I've got her right and everything's going good," Clarke said.

"If she can win tomorrow I'll just put her in the paddock for a week, just give her a freshen up, and then I'll look for a race like, maybe Canberra or might even see if we can go and get a Highway."

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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