Leading hoop Todd Pannell has ridden more winners for trainer Will Clarken than any other jockey and the dynamic duo are set to be front and centre again at Morphettville this Saturday.
Pannell has piloted in excess of 100 winners for the Group 1 winning conditioner throughout his career with the vast majority of those coming on the latter’s home turf.
They will look to add to that substantial tally this weekend when the link up with four contenders – Romalette, Naleigh, Ringfort and Noname Lane – at a crowd-less Saturday meeting due to Covid restrictions.
It comes as Pannell fights to retain his crown as Adelaide’s leading jockey in 2020/21.
The star hoop is locked on 63 wins with Jess Eaton at the top of the Adelaide premiership ahead of the penultimate metropolitan meeting of the season.
His rides for Clarken could hold the key to his fortunes.
“He has been riding great at the moment, at the top of his game,” Clarken said.
“I reckon Naleigh is the best of them (that he’s on).
“She can really well again after what she did last start when she worked home nicely.
“She should improve second up and handle the track.”
Naleigh is rated a $6 hope with TAB fixed odds in the Fleurieu Milk Company Benchmark 62 (1050m) on what is expected to be a heavy track.
Jockey Todd Pannell. Photo: Brenton EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia
The other three runners the pair combine with are all also in single digits however both Noname Lane ($9.50) and Romalette ($8.50) will need to overcome wide draws.
Noname Lane has drawn barrier 14 in the Irish Race Day at Morphettville Aug 14 Benchmark 68 (1200m) while Romalette jumps from gate 17 in the GH Mumm Benchmark 60 Handicap (1050m).
“We will have to look at the barrier and discuss it with the owners but I wouldn't mind running Noname Lane from the draw,” Clarken said.
“He is going really well and if he runs, I expect he should run well again while Romalette is only new to the stable and has drawn wide as well.”
Pannell has been tasked with turning around the form of Ringfort in The Junction Benchmark 60 Handicap (1200m).
The $8 chance finished a long last at her second start for the new yard but pulled up with no noticeable issues.
“I couldn't find an issue so maybe she just needed to reset,” Clarken said.
“We've galloped her since and she seems to be fine but I would say she is one you have to take on trust.”
Clarken confirmed Street Tough would line up in the Mildura Cup on Friday instead of on home turf.
Meanwhile, Pannell also has rides on Frances Boy (race 2), Manzala (race 3), Street Life (race 4) and Melody Man (race 9).
Originally published asClarken can boost Pannell’s premiership tilt
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