GARY CLARKE has achieved everything possible in a decorated training career in the Top End, and added another notable feat to his list when sending out the trifecta in the TRNT Off The Track Handicap, feature event at Fannie Bay on Friday.

Bel’s Banner, Siakam and Desert Dreamer were the first three home in the 1200m sprint, and although Clarke has prepared many such trifectas in the past, it is always a result to be admired.

“It’s hard enough to win a race anywhere, anytime, so to get the first three home is always nice,” said the 11-time champion Top End trainer. “She (Bel’s Banner) deserved to win a race – she tries hard and has been knocking on the door just lately,” he said.

Bel’s Banner, with Jarrod Todd in the saddle, began well enough from the outside barrier and her rider was able to secure a run three-wide but with cover down the back.

Desert Dreamer, Siakam and favourite Cielo D’Oro shared the pace to the home turn, and Bel’s Banner appeared to be going nowhere rounding the final corner.

However, Todd angled his mount back in towards the rail and she soon built momentum, collaring Desert Dreamer 100m out and scooting clear to score by just over a length from Siakam, who went a beauty in his first race since Darwin Cup Day, with Desert Dreamer three-quarters of a-length back.

The 8yo daughter of Starspangledbanner and Belalaya (by Bel Esprit) has now raced on 43 occasions for eight wins, ten seconds and six thirds, and took her stakes earnings to just over $190,000.

Clarke doubled up in the last of the day when Wilsons Prom, arguably the most improved horse in Darwin, romped home in the St Patrick’s Day Races 16 March Handicap (1600m).

With regular rider Adam “Chippy” Nicholls aboard, Wilsons Prom sat outside pacemaker Command King, with Hong Kong Fighter out three wide and Vallabar trailing fourth.

Nicholls pushed the button just before the home turn and even though Wilsons Prom had had a far from easy passage, he bolted clear to win by six lengths, with Vallabar second, three lengths ahead of Volatore.

The $40,000 St Patrick’s Cup (1600m) on 16 March will be Wilsons Prom’s next assignment, and Clarke was toying with the idea that safely through that, the $110,000 Alice Springs Cup (2000m) on 7 April could be on his agenda.

Mutany (Dick Leech/Jade Hampson) finished with a rush to just collar the pacemaker and odds-on shot Debating in the Sky Racing TROBIS Maiden (1200m).

Debating led from Erroneous and Enuff Red to the home turn, and quickly put several lengths on his rivals turning into the final straight.

However, Mutany, who had enjoyed a good run fifth in transit, came after him with gusto and got in the deciding stride to score by a long head, with Proklisi going another honest race in third just under three lengths back.

Hampson was in the winner’s circle for a second time when Tyquendo, who raced wide throughout, finished over the top of his rivals to win the Darwin Cup Carnival Tickets On Sale Handicap (1100m).

Having his first start since 23 September, Tayarn Halter’s 5yo son of Outreach began fairly but from the outside draw, could not get any closer than three wide in the run as Overruled and Starspangledancer cut out the pace.

That pair led into the straight, pursued by Vascotto and Wolf Queen, before Tyquendo descended down the centre of the track to get up close home to score by three-quarters of a-length from Wolf Queen, with the same margin back to Overruled.