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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.

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