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Clarken Racing | Clarken Racing News 53094 Neindorfs Confidence In Clad

Neindorf's confidence in 'Clad

Neindorf's confidence in 'Clad

Lachie Neindorf got a bit of a shock during last Saturday's spectacular electrical storm in Adelaide, although it had nothing to do with the lightning.

The apprentice jockey arrived home from the postponed race meeting at Morphettville to a missed call from his manager, who was ringing with an offer to ride Ironclad in the Group 1 Railway Stakes in Perth.

The multiple Stakes-winning import had just finished fourth in the Cranbourne Cup and trainer Will Clarken was keen to engage the in-form jockey to ride the horse with 53kg in the time-honoured WA mile.

For Neindorf, whose G1 experience is limited to three rides, the offer of another in a $1.5 million race too good to refuse.

"I called him back straight away and said that I was keen to go - I thought it was a really good opportunity and I've always liked the horse," Neindorf said.

"Obviously I can ride the weight and I've had a bit of success for Will in the past, so it was nice to be asked.

"I think he's got a great chance.

"A lot of people are doubting how he travels over there and performs on the quick back-up but if any horse is going to handle it, it's him.

"He's not a new customer to the flying scene and from all reports he's traveled well and carried on like he didn't even have a run last week.

"We probably couldn't have asked for a better barrier - he's drawn seven and comes into five if the emergencies don't get a run and the horses on top of him in the market are drawn out wide."

A G1 win would continue a super season for Neindorf, who sits second on the Adelaide Jockeys' Premiership with 12 winners.

And his presence in the west hasn't gone unnoticed, with several leading local trainers utilising his services in support races, including Grant and Alana Williams aboard Lord Gannicus in the $500,000 WA Guineas (1600m).

Neinford said it was former presenter Adam McGrath who reached out to him with an offer of several additional rides at the meeting.

"I've actually got to thank Adam McGrath for that," he said.

"I knew him from when he was in Adelaide early doors and he still manages a couple of jockeys over in Perth.

"He gave me a buzz and said he wanted to help me out - I left it in his hands and he's done an enormous job.

"I've got some rides for some great trainers and it'll be nice to settle the nerves before the Group 1."

Ironclad is rated $13 in Sportsbet's Railway Stakes market, which is headed by locals Alaskan God ($4.20) and Trix Of The Trade ($5.50).


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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