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Victorian trainer David Hayes has warned not write off outsider Gracious Prospect in the $2 million 2013 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The colt is currently an $81 chance and on his most recent performance it’s hard to argue with the market.
Yet to win from four starts, the son of Tale Of The Cat finished six lengths behind winner Assail when sixth in the Wyong Magic Millions (1100m) on December 20.
But Hayes thinks the bookies have got it wrong, suggesting that his charge will improve with an extra 100 metres of galloping room in the Gold Coast feature.
“He just found it all too fast and too tight, the track…I think the 1200 tempo will be better,” Hayes said.
“I think he’s more of a 20-1 shot and they’ve got him down as an 80-1 shot.”
Prior to the Wyong race, Gracious Prospect was second at Rosehill to the impressive Champagne Cath who will not contest the Magic Millions.
Hayes described that performance as “very good” and takes the confidence out of the fact that the youngster has shown he can perform in the clockwise direction.
Three of his four starts have been run in the Queensland way of going as he also finished third in the Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.
Gracious Prospect will run into some classy juveniles on the Gold Coast, with the three favourites all unbeaten so far.
The Clarry Connors-trained Assail ($2.60) is a short-priced favourite on the back of her dominant three-length win at Wyong while Victorian gelding Clevadude is at $4.40 despite drawing wide in barrier 18.
The best of the Queensland hopes is Missy Longstocking ($8) who is unbeaten from four starts including twice at stakes level in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes and the Group 3BJ McLachlan Stakes.
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