In­no­cent’s a Clear threat for fea­ture

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOLLOGLY

CLEARLY IN­NO­CENT sig­nalled his in­ten­tions for this week­end’s $10m Ever­est (1200m) at Rand­wick with a rous­ing gal­lop on the course proper (18 me­tres) Satur­day morn­ing.

The six-year- old can­tered from the 1200m be­fore up­ping the tempo at the 800m and he cov­ered that jour­ney in 51.40 with a fi­nal 600m 35.70-un­der vice­like grip.

Through my binoc­u­lars I no­ticed Clearly In­no­cent’s reg­u­lar track rider Mal Oller­ton, a nor­mally con­ser­va­tive chap, with a smile as wide as New­cas­tle Har­bour he walked the geld­ing off the track.

Dur­ing his brief 17-start ca­reer CLEARLY IN­NO­CENT has notched nine wins in­clud­ing the Group 1 Kings­ford Smith at Ea­gle Farm in late May which pre­ceded a luck­less third in the Group 1 Strad­broke.

Luck­less be­cause the Strad­broke was trans­ferred to the tighter Doomben cir­cuit ie C.I. is a big track spe­cial­ist.

Kris Lees and Hugh Bow­man are a lethal com­bi­na­tion. Add very fit race­horse at Rand­wick and you have the per­fect recipe for suc­cess in the rich­est race ever staged in Aus­tralia.

Un­for­tu­nately IN HER TIME didn’t make the cut but in the mean­time she will climb a few smaller moun­tains.

Satur­day’s $ 500,000 Listed Tatts Light­ning and/or the Group 1 Manikato Stakes are on the im­me­di­ate agenda and she looked an ab­so­lute treat when cruising over 800m in 53.60 (37.70) also on the course proper.

Trainer Ben Smith has done a won­der­ful job with this mare and it seems to be rub­bing off on other sta­ble run­ners as the team is fir­ing. SENSE OF OC­CA­SION put in a dis­mal ef­fort last start but his coat looked so healthy as he strolled over 1200m in a com­fort­able 1.26.80(40.00).

The Group 1 Doomben Cup win­ner is desperate for some cut in the ground and any sign of rain he’ll be off to Mel­bourne on first avail­able trans­port.

DAN­ISH TWIST and KARAVALI ap­pear set for a south­ern trip as the duo worked sep­a­rately re­verse way on the main track.

The for­mer fin­ished off her last 600m in 37.95 while Karavali brushed home in 38.50. Both mares are ca­pa­ble of fea­tur­ing at Flem­ing­ton. Ad­mi­ral Jello is rarely out of the prize­money and he will at­tempt to earn his big­gest cheque in Satur­day’s $ 500,000 St Leger (2600m) at Rand­wick.

The stayer worked over 1400m in 1.30.40 but it was his last 600m 37.25 which had me look­ing for any avail­able fixed odds mar­kets.

And the AD­MI­RAL raced through line like there was no to­mor­row. I beg you to in­clude him in tri­fec­tas and quad­dies. A lit­tle all up CLEARLY IN­NO­CENT wouldn’t hurt ei­ther. SOUND PROPO­SI­TION was far from disgraced in the Ep­som and he am­bled over 1200m in a leisurely 1.27.30(41.00).

The Water­ford Crys­tal Mile at Moonee Val­ley on Cox Plate day is be­ing con­sid­ered.

JU­VEN­TUS, the vet­eran of one race start, has re­turned a much stronger in­di­vid­ual and he was tug­ging for rein when re­strained to 38.75 600m.

That one start at New­cas­tle back in mid- July re­sulted in a fifth. But D’AR­GENTO (first) SMARTEDGE (sec­ond) and SU­PER EX (third) are all sub­se­quent win­ners.

THE KISS ran a cred­itable fourth on de­but and has de­rived ben­e­fit.

The ch­est­nut daugh­ter of STAR WIT­NESS was ea­ger to go quicker than her 800m in 53.90 (38.50).

Clearly In­no­cent posted an im­pres­sive hitout ahead of Satur­day’s Ever­est.

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