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Will Clarken’s Iron horse Perth-bound

Will Clarken’s Iron horse Perth-bound

Will Clarken admits it is a ‘bold’ play, but the South Australian horseman thinks if ever there is a time to back-up Ironclad on opposite sides of the country it is now.

The imported gelding today flew out with a host of eastern states horses bound for Perth and the Group 1 contests that make up The Pinnacles.

The son of Dubawi will run in this Saturday’s $1.5 million Railway Stakes (1600m), just seven days after finishing fourth in last Saturday’s Listed Cranbourne Cup (1600m).

“It’s unorthodox and pretty bold to try and back him up seven days from Victoria to WA, but the race is there,” Clarken said.

“He’s very much a horse built on confidence and when his confidence is up, which, I’d say now it is as high as it’s been, you can do anything with him.

“It will be one day at a time and if he gets to Friday and he looks a little bit mopey or his blood’s not right or something, we will pull him out, but I would say if he’s ever going to cope with something as abstract as this, now is the time to try it.”

Clarken was happy with Saturday’s effort under Ethan Brown, which followed a third placing in the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on October 29, and while he didn’t suggest he could have beaten Uncle Bryn he thought he could have run second with a clearer passage in the straight.

“Both Ethan and I probably came out of the race thinking that he should have run second,” he said.

“I told Ethan to ride for a little bit of luck, but if we had ridden him differently and run second you’d go there (Perth) and be really confident.

“We just have to take a line through that and hope that we’re right.”

Ironclad was one of two members of Clarken’s stable on the flight to Perth, joined by Beau Rossa, who will contest Saturday week’s $1.5 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

The Unencumbered five-year-old is coming off a fourth placing, beaten less than 1-1/2 lengths by Argentia, in the Group 3 Rising Fast Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day and Clarken was buoyed a piece of work at Murray Bridge last week.

“The horse galloped between races at Murray Bridge the other day and I’ve never seen him gallop as well,” he said.

“I’m happy to say that he’s in the right headspace and he’s going there full of confidence as well, it’s just whether he’s going to be good enough.”

A rider is yet to be confirmed for Beau Rossa, but Lachlan Niendorf will be granted a Group 1 opportunity in the Railway Stakes, in which Ironclad is on the 53kg limit.


Kuro's low-key return

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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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