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'Serious horse' can Give Some Lip at carnival time

'Serious horse' can Give Some Lip at carnival time

The Will Clarken and Niki O'Shea stable is flying at the moment with the team very bullish about the long-term prospects of Give Some Lip after an impressive win at Morphettville Parks on Saturday.

The talented three-year-old justified his $1.90 quote, overcoming a relatively tough run to storm over the top of his rivals with ease despite still being very green.

Clarken has a huge opinion of Give Some Lip, rating him the pick of his age group, and believes he will measure up to a race like the Group 2 Euclase Stakes during the Adelaide carnival.

"He's a really nice horse – he's most probably the pick of our three-year-olds," said Clarken, who has had five winners from his past 12 runners.

"He's out of a family I know really well, we've had a couple of his half-siblings, they take a little bit of racing to get their eye in.

"I think he'll have a month in the paddock now and come back for our autumn carnival and he'll be aimed at a race like the Euclase. I think he's a pretty serious horse."

"If you see him in the yard he looks like a foal still, a month of spring underneath him (will do him the world of good). I'm really excited about him."

Stable apprentice Ben Price was forced to go back from a wide barrier and while things didn't quite pan out as expected, Give Some Lip was good enough to overcome it.

"It got a bit messy that first turn – I ended up three-deep but had cover on the one I wanted to be following (Dodd)," Price said.

"He's very green and raw – he's got absolutely no idea what he's doing, he's just doing it on pure ability at the moment.

"It's good that he's ticked that maiden off today but he will go on with it. He's a nice horse, he's still got plenty of upside.

"He's only a small horse but he's got an engine and watch out when you get a set of shades on him too because he will let down pretty sharp."

It was the first leg of a double for Price, who also tasted success with Manzala for Ashton Downing.

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