O’Sullivan Optimistic about 2014 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic

The Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) is a perfect trial race for Victorian horses to prepare for a possible trip to the Gold Coast for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in January – it’s even run in the opposite direction to all other Victorian races.

Maribynong Plate winner Prompt Return (pictured) has been marked as Captain Crackerjack's biggest rival in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic.

Maribynong Plate winner Prompt Return (pictured) has been marked as Captain Crackerjack’s biggest rival in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Nine juvenile horses are set to contest the $200,000 Clockwise Classic this Saturday at Ballarat, including the Dan O’Sullivan-trained Captain Crackerjak who will enjoy an inside run from barrier two.

O’Sullivan bought the colt for $25,000 in Adelaide back in March with this particular race in mind so his purchase will finally come into fruition on Saturday.

“He’s a nice type,” O’Sullivan told Sky Racing.

“He’s not a very big horse but I’ve always been keen to have a runner in this race and it was always the target we’d go for after we got him.

“His pedigree page is close up to British General and when you train a horse like that it’s something that jumps out at you.”

This will be Captain Crackerjak’s debut start, although he was given an unofficial trial running the clockwise direction of the race at Ballarat which he apparently handled without a hitch.

O’Sullivan has conceded it’s a tough race for the colt’s debut however. The colt is a $17 in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au considering he’s yet to make a start.

The trainer has flagged race favourite Prompt Return ($2) and Old Trieste ($6.50) as Captain Crackerjak’s biggest competition considering they finished one-two in the Group 3 Maribynong Plate (1000m) on November 8.

“I’m happy with my bloke but it’s a strong race and he’s a first starter,” O’Sullivan said.

“I’m hopeful more than optimistic.”

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