Innocent’s a Clear threat for feature
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.