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Exciting filly scores on debut as Clarken-O'Shea weigh up Blue Diamond tilt

Exciting filly scores on debut as Clarken-O'Shea weigh up Blue Diamond tilt

Hype filly Kuroyanagi was all the rage heading into the opening race at Gawler on Saturday, and the Will Clarken and Niki O'Shea-trained youngster made light work of her rivals, cruising to an easy debut win and keeping a Blue Diamond assault under consideration.

The two-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon – who was a $390,000 purchase at last year's Inglis Premier Yearling Sale – was a heavily-backed $1.35 favourite off the back of impressive trial form in recent weeks, and it was clear to see why when she loomed up to take the lead on the home turn with jockey Ben Price almost unmoved in the saddle.

The filly cruised to a comfortable 2.7 length win over her rivals and has been nominated for the Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) at Flemington next month, but metro premiership leading trainers Clarken and O'Shea are yet to determine what they will do with their promising filly – who is now an $11 fancy (TAB) in the early Blue Diamond betting markets.

"We'll see how she pulls up, whether she goes to the paddock or goes on," Clarken said.

"I'm more excited about training her into the three-year-old season, she's really raw and if you asked me six or eight weeks ago I'd say she wouldn't have gotten to the races.

"She's really come on in leaps and bounds in the last month, she came through my system, she was broken in at the farm and she was really backwards.

"She's just kept improving and kept improving, it's a little bit of a feat for one to come through the whole system."

Price was confident in the filly winning a long way from the line, but he also believes she has a lot more to learn.

"I was the winner a long way out, (she's) just a beautiful filly," Price said.

"She's going to need to switch on a little bit more when the company gets a bit better but she won well today knowing that she's got a stack of improvement to come.

"She's a racehorse that's going to learn a lot more after today. The way she cruised up, I thought I was going to put 4, 5, 6 (lengths) on them but you will be able to see in the replay her ears were pricked the whole way from the moment she got to the front.

"In time if they can run her a long a little bit and she can get a couple of pairs back she's going to chase really well – she's a lovely filly going forward."

Kuroyanagi was the first of two winners for the Clarken and O'Shea's stable on Saturday, with in-form mare Second To Nun saluting for her third consecutive victory with an impressive on-speed display with Rochelle Milnes aboard.

Story from Racenet (Tyler Maund)

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