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‘We're rapt with her': Clarken set to take boom SA filly to Caulfield

‘We're rapt with her': Clarken set to take boom SA filly to Caulfield

Boom South Australian filly Kuroyanagi is on track to compete in Saturday's Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude, but co-trainer Will Clarken won't hesitate to pull the plug if anything is even slightly off.

The talented two-year-old first came under notice when superstar hoop Jamie Kah made a flying visit home to SA to partner her in a Murray Bridge jumpout last month – winning impressively – before proving a class above on debut at Gawler under Ben Price a fortnight ago.

Kuroyanagi has been the subject of strong support in early betting for the Group 1 Blue Diamond – backed in from $51 to $11 – and she's set to take another step towards that target this weekend.

"She'll be accepted for Morphettville and Caulfield. I'm 90 per cent sure she'll go to Caulfield, Blake Shinn will ride," Clarken, who trains in partnership with Niki O'Shea, said.

"She galloped hard (at Morphettville on Saturday morning), we'll have a look at her and if everything looks all right we'll go over there."

While Kuroyanagi had a relatively easy time of things at her first start – she comfortably handled a field of four – it took her a couple of days to recover.

"All of our horses that ran at Gawler that day felt the track. Although they all ran well, the track was hard," Clarken said.

"She felt the track a little bit but she went to the beach for a few days and her legs were as cold as ice and she's jumping out of her skin."

Clarken has a big opinion of the daughter of Written Tycoon, who cost $390,000 at last year's Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, but has made no secret of the fact he thinks she'll be even better as a three-year-old.

"She's literally growing and filling out in work, so we're rapt with her, but I look at her and just think about putting her in the paddock," he said.

"There's a lot to come with her, she's not a little horse that's fully matured that you really want to get to now, she's got a big future ahead of her.

"When she puts her hand up and says she wants the paddock, she'll be going out."

The stable is absolutely airborne at the moment with 13 winners from its past 25 runners and currently holds a three-win lead over Richard and Chantelle Jolly in the Adelaide trainers' premiership.

Story from Racenet (Tom Biddington)


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