Assail was a dominant winner of the Wyong Magic Millions 2yo race. Picture: Kristi Miller/news.com.au
Unbeaten juveniles Clevadude and Assail will put their unbeaten records on the line when they meet in the Magic Millions Classic for 2 year-olds at the Gold Coast on January 12. Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy was full of praise for Clevadude following his easy maiden win at Cranbourne in December and the son of Bel Esprit enhanced his reputation further when scoring at Moonee Valley by 4.5 lengths on December 29, prompting the canny handler to compare him with former stable stars Canny Lad and Redoute’s Choice.
Assail has made an equally big impression at her two visits to the track, having won at Warwick Farm on debut before leaving several Magic Millions hopefuls in her shadow at Wyong last time out. The Clarry Conners trained filly jumped straight to the front from an outside gate in that event and was never headed, finishing 3 lengths clear of Frill Seeking, with Certitude further back. She will be bidding to become the second horse in three years to do the Wyong/Gold Coast Magic Millions double following the success of Karuta Queen in 2011, while she would become the second winner of the race for Conners, who won with Mirror Mirror in 2006.
Local hopes appear to lie with Liam Birchley’s Calaway Gal and B.J McLachlan Stakes winner Missy Longstocking and last start Brisbane winner Real Surreal .
The two horses that fought out the finish of the Classic 12 months ago, Driefontein and No Looking Back , are set to face off again in the Magic Millions Guineas, where Group One winner Sizzling is the horse to beat.
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