The Sportsman Weekend

Clarken hoping to catch them by out a Second time with Slip

- SHAYNE O’CASS

CHAMPION South Australian trainer Will Clarken knows first-hand that anything goes in big races if the right horse turns up on day.

Clarken caused a boil over in South Australia’s premier mares race when $41 shot Bella Vella won the Group 1 SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes in 2020.

On Saturday, Clarken will be at it again the timehonour­ed Toorak fronting up with the New Zealandbre­d gelding Second Slip.

A son of the 2008 Toorak winner, Alamosa, Second Slip has won seven times in 20 starts, the most recent of which was his typically fighting second in the Balaklava Cup mid-September.

“It looks like he is going to need every possible favour in the run to be in the finish because he is not as well performed as some of others but in career best form,” Clarken said.

“He gets on the minimum, barrier two, Meechy (Linda Meech) in the saddle – he ticks a few boxes.

“He is honest and he might lack that length or so, but if he gets a suck run gets a few things his way, he might do something.

“He made a good fist of the mile in the Balaklava Cup and I don’t think I will get horse going any better or any healthier so just think now is the time to roll the dice in one of these big handicaps.”

Second Slip has come a long way since he arrived at Clarken’s stables after winning two of his first 12 starts across the Tasman.

The now five-year-old won his first three starts for Clarken prior to a close second in the Listed Matrice Stakes.

Second Slip posted his first stakes win as recently as two starts ago in the Leon McDonald Stakes whose honour roll reads well above its Listed status with past winners including the likes of Fields Of Omagh, multiple Group 1 performer Behemoth, Penny Edition and the aforementi­oned Matrice.

 ?? ?? The WIll Clarken-trained Second Slip scored an upset G1 victory in the Autumn and is hoping to repeat the dose.
The WIll Clarken-trained Second Slip scored an upset G1 victory in the Autumn and is hoping to repeat the dose.

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