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Clarken Racing | Clarken Racing News 53062 In Form Apprentice Rewarded With Railway Ride

In-form apprentice rewarded with Railway ride

In-form apprentice rewarded with Railway ride

South Australian apprentice Lachlan Neindorf had no inkling a trip to Western Australia to ride in the Group 1 Railway Stakes was on the horizon until a surprise call came through on Saturday night.

Trainer Will Clarken was pleased with how Ironclad had pulled up after his fast-finishing fourth in the Cranbourne Cup just hours earlier and decided to roll the dice and head to Perth for the $1.5m feature – now he had to find a jockey.

With his own apprentice Ben Price suspended, Clarken needed someone who could ride 53kg and he could trust to do the job.

It speaks volumes that Neindorf was the one chosen.

The 20-year-old didn't have to think about it for long, jumping at the opportunity to ride in his fourth Group 1.

"These chances don't come around every day," Neindorf said.

"Saturday night after the races got abandoned, my manager got a call and I got offered the ride – it was a pleasant shock and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

"I'm thrilled. It's obviously a big raceday and I've got a few rides – it'll be a good day out."

Neindorf is enjoying a terrific season – sitting second in the metropolitan premiership – and he's riding with maturity and purpose.

"I'm feeling really good, things are going well," said Neindorf, who will also partner Lord Gannicus in the Group 2 WA Guineas for Grant and Alana Williams.

"I've got a really good support network around me and I'm getting on the right horses – I couldn't be happier with the way things are going."

Ironclad has put in two eye-catching runs this time in with a third in the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington preceding his effort at Cranbourne but on both occasions the riders had little option but to go back from wide draws.

That's not the case for the Railway, the seven-year-old landing gate seven, which should allow him to settle a lot closer in transit.

"It's a massive gate – he'll come into five if the emergencies don't get a run – that should put us in a pretty handy spot in the run.

"He's been super, his run in the Cranbourne Cup was spectacular I thought.

"From the barrier he had to go back and ride for a little bit of luck, which is probably good for this race because he left a bit in the tank – he hasn't had a gut-buster and just ran through the line nicely.

"The reports from the stable are all positive and it's full-steam ahead."

Neindorf isn't the only South Australian-based hoop making the trek out west with reigning metro premiership-winner Barend Vorster booked for the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Winning Partner.

He's first emergency for the Railway so will be sweating on a scratching to get a start.

The TAB rates Ironclad an $11 hope with Winning Partner at $34 with the Dan Morton-trained Alaskan God the $4 favourite.


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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