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Clarken's premiership chase

Clarken's premiership chase

Will Clarken believes it will take a 'herculean effort' for he and training partner Niki O'Shea to win this season's South Australian metro premiership, as they lead the winners of the past two titles, Richard and Chantelle Jolly, by just one win with six meetings remaining.

For Clarken and O'Shea, who joined forces in early January 2023, it has been an incredible first full term together, but Clarken says the premiership is not a major focus.

"Things really could not have unfolded much better on the track for Niki and I this season," said Clarken.

"I still feel it is going to take a herculean effort to upstage Richard and Chantelle for the title.

"My theory with the premiership is yes it would look nice on our CV and would be a huge honour, but ultimately there is no financial gain attached to it.

"We will be slowing down a little bit over the next month or so and at the end of the day doing the right thing by our horses and their owners.

"Episodic is an example, she is airborne at the moment, but rather than stay at home on Saturday to try and bank another win, if we feel Flemington is a good opportunity for a Melbourne victory, she will head that way."

One horse definitely heading to Flemington this weekend for the stable is Extremely Lucky, who will line up in the Country Achiever Shane Fliedner.

"The horse is going really well and was excellent at Caulfield last time out," he said.

"He's drawn low, which is probably not ideal, but we have Blake Shinn, which is certainly a positive."

Of the runners Clarken and O'Shea will saddle up at Morphettville on Saturday, it is Sachem in the final race on the program that Clarken has the most upbeat.

"His best run for us was his effort first time out when second to the Jollys' smart filly Aviatress," Clarken said.

"Subsequently, his next two have been ok but we have just changed a few things around with him since his last run.

"Hopefully we get the desired result and get him back in the winner's stall."

One other horse Clarken touched on for the program was one of his four acceptors in the second event of the day.

"We could possibly keep Mazovia for another day, but of the quartet, Absinthe has us little bit excited," he said.

"A Toronado filly, she won a trial at Murray Bridge recently, had a good blow after it and we like her a lot."

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