Victorian gelding Clevadude is the new favourite for today’s 2013 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) which will take place at the Gold Coast.
The Rick Hore-Lacy-trained juvenile is a $4 top elect at bookmaker.com.au but will have to overcome a wide barrier 18 draw if he is to take top honours in the glamour race.
A son of Bel Esprit, Clevadude has been impressive with two dominant victories to begin his career in Melbourne but will face stiff competition from a number of local hopes.
Missy Longstocking has firmed from $8 to $4.80 following the scratching of Assail and has attracted attention from punters all week as a result of her terrific lead-up form.
The Eagle Farm-based youngster is unbeaten from four outings including a dominant win in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) on December 29.
Following closely in the market are fellow Queensland fillies Real Surreal ($6) and Greytfilly ($9).
The Kelso Wood-trained Real Surreal is backing up just seven days after winning by 3 1/2 lengths at Eagle Farm while Robert Heathcote has been working hard to address to barrier problems that have hampered the promising Greytfilly so far in her career.
Gai Waterhouse quinellas the $2 million feature last year with Driefontein and No Looking Back and she will again have two chances this year.
BJ McLachlan Stakes runner-up Sweet Idea is considered to be the best of her chances at $10 while Certitude is not without a hope at $13.
Others in the Magic Millions Classic market include Toowoomba colt Sir Luminar ($21), Victorian Calcatta ($26), local hope Change Of Honour ($31) and the Tony Gollan-trained Global Dream ($31).
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