RICK Hore-Lacy will gain a greater insight into boom youngster Clevadude’s Magic Millions prospects at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Hore-Lacy is looking for Clevadude, impressive winner on debut at Cranbourne on December 15, to progress from his first-up performance.
He noted that while the quality of opposition that Clevadude defeated at Cranbourne may have been questionable, he was impressed with how this son of Bel Esprit went about his win.
“He’s trained on well, I think we’ll see further improvement at the Valley on Saturday,” Hore-Lacy said.
Craig Newitt replaces Noel Callow who rode the gelding at the Cranbourne night meeting.
Hore-Lacy said that Newitt had done all the education work on Clevadude at Caulfield, but had been unable to ride it at Cranbourne as he rode at Flemington that afternoon.
“‘Froggy’ (Newitt) deserves the ride, he’s done all the work on it. He would have ridden it at Cranbourne had he been available,” Hore-Lacy said.
Sportingbet Australia rates Clevadude an $8 second favourite behind Wyong Magic Millions winner Assail, which is the $4.80 favourite.
With Peter Robl being suspended yesterday, Clarry Conners is still undecided who will take the ride in the $2 million race at the Gold Coast on January 12.