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Punters looking for a value bet to make on tonight’s 2012 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley may want to look to the inside alley where Norman Waymouth’s surprise Australian Guineas placegetter Mister Milton will be tested once again.
Drawn in barrier one of 10 for the $200,000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m), running as Moonee Valley Race 6 at 9:15pm, up-and-coming Snippetson colt Mister Milton was a shock addition in the Australian Guineas trifecta last time out.
Paying juicy odds of around $90 the youngster, who also looked impressive the start before when less than two lengths away fourth to Pied A Terre in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), went on to finish five and a half off Australian Guineas winner Mosheen when third in their maiden elite level test.
Having exceeded expectations then their Mornington-based trainer Waymouth is now hoping Mister Milton can also prove themselves over an extended distance tonight stepping up to the 2040-metres.
“I was never going to give him a run after the Guineas because I thought it would gutted him, that was the race I picked and wanted to win, but he’s just pulled up so well,” Waymouth said.
“I was going to start to let him down, but he doesn’t want to be let down. He just wants to work.
“He’s happy in himself and he’s so well that I started looking for races and this was the only one I could come up with where he wasn’t going to carry a lot of weight.”
Success over the 2000 plus metres would also then open up Mister Milton’s autumn and coming spring preparation.
“It’s (the Alister Clark) an ideal race for me to make up my mind to what I do with him later also,” Waymouth said.
“Being 2000 (metres), if he goes out and wins this, I can pick better races for him instead of just the 1400s, the miles. It’s going to be a little bit of a learning experience for me also.”
A bargain buy at the 2010 Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sales having been snapped up by Waymouth for just $7,500, Mister Milton has already won over $182,000 in prize money to date.
“As soon as I saw him, I just thought he had the brightest eye and he also had good conformation and a nice temperament,” Waymouth said.
The horse has been excellent value for connections and if they can produce another eye-catcher tonight they could also be excellent value for bookmaker.com.au punters especially after with their nice draw and the chance of a slightly rain affected track.
“He’s drawn well in gate one and I suppose I’m hoping for a bit of speed in the race so we can just settle back where he does normally and have a nice run,” Waymouth said.
“Hopefully there’s a little bit (more) rain around, it didn’t affect him the other day.
“I’d expect him to race very similar to what he did in the Guineas.”
Having never seen the distance and having only run once at Moonee Valley before when eighth to Pied A Terre over 1200m in July last year, Mister Milton currently pays $8 in the Alister Clark Stakes odds at bookmaker.com.au.
He trails some quality rivals with Mick Price’s Australian Guineas seventh placegetter Proliferate ($4), the Mike Mornoey-trained Sabrage ($4.40), Peter Moody’s 2012 Rosehill Guineas hope Highly Recommended ($5.50) and Dany The Fox ($6.50) all above him in the markets.
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