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Clarken in no rush with Rossa

Clarken in no rush with Rossa

Beau Rossa won’t attempt to avenge his Memsie Stakes (1400m) defeat of 12 months ago, nor will he be seen at the races any time soon, with Will Clarken revealing the hulking gelding has only just returned to work.

The son of Unencumbered emerged as a serious weight-for-age challenger last spring following victory in the Lightning Stakes (1050m), as well as narrow placings behind Behemoth in the Spring Stakes (1200m) and Memsie Stakes (1400m), the latter in which he defeated Tofane, Inspirational Girl and Colette.

But unplaced runs in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), D.C. McKay Stakes (1200m) and The Goodwood (1200m) prompted his trainer to give the galloper a decent eight-week spell in favour of a tilt at some early spring riches.

Clarken said the lure of feature races in Perth later in the year, including a potential tilt at the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), was strong given the rising five-year-old is largely owned by Western Australian interests.

“He’s had a spell and he’s done fabulously well but he’s literally done three days’ work,” Clarken said.

“He will just tick along and we’re not going to train him for any race in particular, we’re just going to let the horse come to us.

“We’re going race him sparingly over the back end of the spring and if he came up perfectly, we’d look to take him to Perth for the summer.

“If not, we’ll just tick him along and have him ready to go early in the autumn.

“He’s actually furnished a little bit and he’ll have a good 12 months of racing ahead of him after he gets fit this time around.”

Another of Clarken’s Goodwood runners, multiple Stakes-winning import Ironclad, is several weeks ahead of Beau Rossa in his preparation but Clarken said his spring campaign was also fluid.

With a new beachside property at Sellicks Hill, as well as access to Murray Bridge’s uphill gallop, Clarken said he was looking forward to varying the gelding’s work and keeping his mind fresh.

“He’s a month in front but again, he’s a horse that will tell us when he’s ready,” he said.

“He’s put weight on but he’s actually held his fitness.

“We’re going to do some different things with the training of the horse – for a big, imposing horse he’s very stress so I’m going to try to train him completely out of the farm this time in.

“He’ll go to Murray Bridge to do some work on the uphill sand track and then he’ll only go into Morphettville to gallop on the Tuesdays.”

Parsifal and He’s A Balter, who represented the stable during the Dubai World Cup Carnival earlier this year, are back in work and being aimed at some of the black-type sprints during Adelaide’s summer.

Despite their gallant performances on the world stage, as well as some solid results domestically, Clarken said he wasn’t happy with his season, which has so far yielded 39 winners across South Australia and Victoria.

But he remains optimistic that, with some more time to find the right balance between training at his different facilities, he can stamp himself as the leading trainer in Adelaide.

“I reckon it’ll take the guts of next season to really get a handle of things,” he said.

“We had a train wreck of a season just gone – we had some handy results and we trained some Stakes winners but we need to train more winners.

“I think this year again might be a testing year but from there on we’ll really have a grasp on the new facilities and we’ll aim down a pathway to really grow our stable and be a real powerhouse in the state.”


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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