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Clarken Racing | Clarken Racing News 53058 Will Clarken Continues Hot Form As Agreeable Collects Murray Bridge Gold Cup

Will Clarken continues hot form as Agreeable collects Murray Bridge Gold Cup

Will Clarken continues hot form as Agreeable collects Murray Bridge Gold Cup
Will Clarken added another country cup to his trophy cabinet as Agreeable took advantage of a lovely run to break through for her first black-type victory in the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup (1600m) on Friday.

Fresh off winning the Balaklava Cup and Seymour Cup with Noname Lane in the last month, the Adelaide trainer continued his exceptional form as Agreeable ($6) hunted down the $5 favourite Lord Vladivostok in the dying stages.

The gates - and subsequent runs in transit - proved the difference, Kayla Crowther able to give Agreeable a cosy trip from barrier five while Todd Pannell and Lord Vladivostok were trapped four-deep throughout from stall 11.

It was a deserved change of luck for the five-year-old mare after having things go against her earlier in the prep, most notably when drawing the carpark as favourite in the Balaklava Cup last start.

Clarken was delighted with the outcome.

"We've only had her a short time and she's been costly on the punt for us but we've finally got her right," he said.

"Happy with Kayla there, she came and galloped her on Monday morning - I had to twist her arm to ride her rather than Zoulah - and thank god she did.

"She's got beautiful soft hands, got the horse out of the gate and got her into a lovely spot.

"She'd been an ultra-consistent horse for the Freedmans before coming here and really deserved a victory like that, it's going to really help her price tag."

For her part, Crowther admitted she didn't actually want to be in that spot in the run, but everything worked out nicely.

"I was buried on the fence there, which is where Will told me not to be - he said get her to the outside," she said.

"He just had her really spot on today, she travelled through the horses beautifully, she got out at a good time and she was really good late.

"I knew I had a lot of horse left, it was just whether I could pick him up in time."


Kuro's low-key return

A home-state, black-type win is the immediate aim for South Australia's most-exciting young horse Kuroyanagi, but Will Clarken admits it's hard not to dream about spring features in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Blue Diamond placegetter made a low-key return to the track in a 600-metre jump out at Thomas Farms Racecourse Murray Bridge on Thursday, pleasing both her trainer and jockey Ben Price. Clarken said the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville later this month shapes as the perfect kick-off race and a suitable chance for the filly to secure a Stakes win, after her Group 1 and Group 2 placings over summer. "All being well, we'll get a good trial into her at Balaklava in seven days' time and then a nice gallop on some Good ground, we'll look to kick her off in the Lightning," Clarken said. "It'll come down to her first-up performance but races in both Melbourne and Sydney are definitely there as options. "It was such a vintage year of juveniles, so we'll just have to pick our way through and dodge a few of them. "We just want to get a black-type win next to her name, so we'll just chase little fish to start and build into it. "But we cant hide our excitement about her." During her first racing campaign, Clarken maintained that the daughter of Written Tycoon was far from the finished product and he said he's satisfied with the physical development she's made since the Blue Diamond. And while her early targets are likely to be in the 1000-1200-metre range, he's excited at the prospect of stretching her out in trip. "She's got a lot stronger in her time off," he said. "We did the right thing by stopping after the Diamond, so she got a really good spell into her. "Skeletally, everything has settled down because she was just feeling her shins off and on last prep. "I'd love to see her rolling over seven furlongs because I just think she's got this amazing action. "Brenton (Avdulla) gave us some amazing feedback that she felt like a horse that would get further after he rode her in the Diamond."Story from (James Tzaferis)

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Former South Australia galloper a future Hong Kong star

Galaxy Patch showcased his remarkable turn of foot once again at Sha Tin on Sunday, June 23, clinching a dominant victory in the HK$4.2 million G3 Premier Plate Handicap (1800m) for trainer Pierre Ng. Ridden by Vincent Ho, Galaxy Patch surged from near-last to first in the home straight, completing the race in 1 minute and 48.64 seconds. The four-year-old galloped the final 200 meters in a swift 21.69 seconds, finishing as the race’s second favourite with betting apps in Australia. “He’s a future star with immense potential. He was the best horse in the field, and that’s why he can perform like this. From a wide barrier (10), we just aimed to settle him. He was a bit keen over the first 400 meters but then relaxed just before the turn,” Ho said post-race. Galaxy Patch, sired by Wandjina, initially raced in South Australia as Gulinga Spirit under Will Clarken and Niki O’Shea before being sold to Hong Kong. Earlier this month, Galaxy Patch triumphed in the HK$4.2 million G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m). His impressive record now includes six wins from 12 starts in Hong Kong, with notable runner-up finishes in the HK$13 million G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) and the HK$26 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) this season. “I just took my time, let him gradually advance, and then asked for an effort. He’s a very decent horse,” Ho remarked. “Thanks to Pierre’s team for their support and trust – riding such quality horses means everything.” Beauty Joy finished a neck behind in second, with Happy Together securing third place. The race favourite, Chancheng Glory, ended up in fourth. “It was likely from an impossible position, but he’s shown versatility across various distances. Now at 1800 meters, he even placed second over 2000 meters,” Ng commented. “He’s like an all-rounder, typical of Australian horses, adaptable from short to long distances. He was much more mature today, and I hope he continues to develop next season.” “We’re definitely targeting big races. Let’s see what the schedule holds,” Ng added. This victory was part of a treble for Ng, propelling him back into the lead for the trainers’ championship with 65 wins, ahead of Francis Lui’s 63. Ng also celebrated success in both feature races of the day, with Mugen and jockey Karis Teetan overcoming California Spangle in the HK$4.2 million G3 Premier Cup Handicap (1400m).Story from JustHorseRacing

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