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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 Racing.com 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).

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