Please wait...


Clarken Racing | Clarken Racing News 57427 Clarken Oshea Stable Races To Title Lead With Gawler Treble

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)


ICYMI - Galaxy Patch runs a smashing second in the Hong Kong Derby

  A $50,000 Adelaide Magic Million purchase by Will Clarken, Suman Hedge Bloodstock and David Jolly the son of Wandjina was purchased with Hong Kong in mind. After winning impressively on debut at Morphettville, Hong Kong was on the radar.   Instantly the gelding made his presence felt in Hong Kong winning on debut he then went on to win three further races following an unplaced run on the all weather track. Going into the Hong Kong Derby he was second at Group One level against California Spangle. The step up to 2000 metres was a question mark having previously only ran over the sprint trips.   From the big raw lad we purchased at the Adelaide Magic Millions in 2021 it is such a pleasure to see the vision we had almost become a reality on international shores.   Galaxy Patch became the second horse selected at the Adelaide Magic Millions by Will to reach the Hong Kong Derby after Prawn Baba a $20,000 purchase placed seventh in 2017.

Read more

Kuroyanagi's spring goals

South Australian filly Kuroyanagi will spell in Victoria after a terrific run to finish third in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, with her trainers already looking ahead to further elite-level targets in the spring. Niki O'Shea, who co-trains with Will Clarken, said the filly could head towards Guineas options later this year, having shown a great deal of raw talent in just her first racing preparation. "It was great, she was fantastic," O'Shea said. "When she came off the bit early, I thought we were in big trouble, so I was just happy that she did what she did. "On Sunday morning you wouldn't have known she'd had a run. She's actually going to stay there, she's gone to the paddock at one of those nice places down at Mornington." Clarken and O'Shea were not sure where Kuroyanagi would get to in her first preparation, with the view the $390,000 Written Tycoon filly will be a superior three-year-old galloper. "We've hardly trained her really, she's just done it under her own steam, we nearly put her in the paddock three or four times and she just kept pointing us in the right direction," O'Shea said. "He (Brenton Avdulla) said she was just green, ran off the corner and ran around the place, she's still six months away. He said she might even be a Guineas-type of horse, she's got the big action and she'll only keep improving."Story from Tim Yeatman

Read more

Clarken ‘blown away' by his Blue Diamond filly

Blue Diamond contender Kuroyanagi is doing things Will Clarken has never seen before. The Group 1-winning trainer is astounded by the physical development of the talented filly and her appetite for work, confident she's going to run a big race in Saturday's $2m feature at Caulfield. Clarken has been open about the fact he's been searching for an excuse to tip Kuroyanagi out, convinced she's going to be even better as a three-year-old, but she's just thriving. "It's amazing. Me and (co-trainer) Niki (O'Shea) are just blown away by what she's done," Clarken said. "I could send people a video of her first gallop this prep and you'd just think it was a different horse. The way she's improved and the way she can handle pressure in a preparation is phenomenal. "I've never had a juvenile who has strengthened and developed in work. Week-to-week she's getting bigger and stronger and more durable. She's a ferocious doer and nothing fazes her. "I haven't dealt with a lot of really good young horses like this but she's just obviously got a great constitution." Kuroyanagi first came to prominence in early January when superstar jockey Jamie Kah made a rare visit home to South Australia to ride her to a dominant victory in a jumpout at Murray Bridge. She went on to win her debut in soft fashion at Gawler before an agonising second across the border in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies earlier this month. "She's just come home and thrived. I haven't had one travel back and handle it so well for a long time," Clarken said. "That was our main concern as it was the first trip away for a young horse but she's put on weight, she's really above herself and he work has been terrific – we've been able to get two good gallops into her." With Kah and Blake Shinn, who partnered Kuroyanagi in the Prelude, opting to go elsewhere, Clarken was left searching for a suitable rider and he was watching a recent Sha Tin meeting when it hit him that Brenton Avdulla would be perfect. "I like to keep an eye on Hong Kong racing because we've got a small pool of horses over there now and he's riding so well," he said. "I was going through options, I asked a couple of Sydney guys and they had rides up there, so I said to (racing manager) Lachie (Weekley) ‘why don't you ask (Avdulla)'? "We watched him ride a double at the Chinese New Year meeting and I thought ‘imagine getting him on, it'd be awesome'." Kuroyanagi is rated an $18 hope with the TAB and Clarken thinks that presents good value. "The gate (two) to me is not ideal, I would've liked to have drawn out a little bit, but we've got the gun riding her, so that will help," he said "If she gets a little luck in running, I think she's a genuine each-way chance. "It's hard to say that going into big Group 1s but she has trained on remarkably well."

Read more

8 Ellis Ave Morphettville SA 5043

Copyright (c) 2021 Clarken Racing. All rights reserved.