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Clarken-O'Shea stable races to title lead with Gawler treble

Clarken-O'Shea stable races to title lead with Gawler treble

Will Clarken and Niki O'Shea have been in sensational form and they parlayed that into a treble at Gawler on Saturday, taking the lead in the metro premiership in the process.

The performances of Cullen Skink, Second To Nun and Toast The Deel gave the training combination six victories from their past 10 runners, pushing them to 19 in the city for the campaign, two clear of Phillip Stokes, who also had a double at Gawler, and three in front of reigning premiers Richard and Chantelle Jolly.

While Clarken doesn't think they have the ammunition to maintain their lead for the rest of the season, there is no doubt the stable is going well, striking at just over 22 per cent.

"There's a long way to go and we won't have enough horses to be able to win the premiership, weight of numbers will sort us out, but the horses are going really well at the moment," he said.

"We're just training every horse as they come and at the moment we're seeing them well. The horses are hard and fit and the horses that have taken a bit of time are coming into their own now."

Apprentice Rochelle Milnes secured the first metropolitan win of her young career, taking a narrow gap along the rail to guide Second To Nun to a second win in six days.

"She's a good young rider and I'm sure come winter she'll be riding winners every Saturday," Clarken said.

"(Second To Nun) fell on her feet today with the wet weather, she really enjoyed that.

"She needed a bit of hardening up and I think we'll back off her now. She's had a good prep."

The exciting Cullen Skink continued his red-hot form, securing a hat-trick of victories with a come-from-behind effort in the fourth race for Ben Price.

He's now won four of his seven starts and Clarken is ready to raise the bar again.

"I think we'll aim him up at a Port Lincoln Cup, it's worth $70,000 this year plus the Racing Rewards, so it looks like a nice race for him," he said.

"There's a bit of time between now and then but he looks like a progressive horse.

"We really liked the horse but he went missing for a little while. It was just maturity but he's been faultless this time in. He's getting bigger and better and stronger and is handling his racing."

Toast The Deel finished the Clarken-O'Shea triple with Pannell completed a double of his own.

Story from Racenet (Tom Biddington)


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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