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Will beats the border with promising pair

Morphettville trainer Will Clarken was able to beat the border closure and will saddle up two runners in Victoria on the weekend.

Clarken will chase rich VOBIS Gold prizemoney in the $175,000 Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat on Saturday while promising filly Naleigh lines-up at Moonee Valley tonight.

“They both arrived happy and well,” Clarken said.

“The guys at Ballarat are really happy with them. They’re both in strong races but will be each-way chances.”

Damien Lane has been booked to ride the pair and while he had strong opinion of both horses Clarken said they would need to take their form up a level interstate.

Naleigh has been a steady improver and comes off a strong Morphettville win last time out. Clarken feels the filly might be starting to put it together on race day.

“I’ve always really liked her,” Clarken said.

“She’s just been a horse who has taken a bit of racing to understand what it’s about.

“I think she showed that the penny had dropped at the Murray Bridge trials the other day. I’m confident knowing she’s travelled over well and she looks like she’ll get a lovely run.

“She’s got a great rider on so I’m happy with her.”

Likewise Beau Rossa comes off an impressive last-start Morphettville win and Clarken said he always held a big opinion of the lightly-raced three-year-old, who will jump from the outside barrier.

“He’s found a hot little race,” Clarken said.

“(But) I like the track and I don’t mind the draw for him. He can balance up and just roll into the race.

“His trial at Murray Bridge was excellent between runs. He’s going to have to improve a fair bit off his maiden to win this race but I’m sure he’s improved enough to make his presence felt.”

Fellow Morphettville trainer Ryan Balfour will also saddle up a runner in the Eureka Stockade, Tradewind, who was impressive coming from a long way back to win at Morphettville two starts back before chasing home Star Of Uma last time around. Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jye McNeil has been booked to ride.

Balfour originally had four horses accepted at Ballarat but scratched Viduka, Picargo and Li’l Kontra.

Strathalbyn horseman Grant Kluske also has Atomic Lokade engaged early in the day with SA apprentice Lachie Neindorf booked to ride.


IMAGE: Beau Rossa winning at Morphettville earlier this month.


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