Claro El Banco Draws Wide Again for Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Mornington-based gelding Claro El Banco has suffered another wide barrier draw blow ahead of his rematch with short-priced favourite Capitalist in Saturday’s 2016 Magic Millions 2YO Classic in Queensland.

Claro El Banco

Ballarat Magic Millions Classic winner Claro El Banco is a roughie shot to win again this weekend at the Gold Coast in the $2 million MM 2YO feature. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Trainer Jason Petch is keeping positive ahead of the Gold Coast’s lucrative $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the weekend where he will saddle-up Statue Of Liberty youngster Claro El Banco.

The up-and-comer drew a nasty gate 17 (into 13) in Tuesday morning’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic barrier draw, while the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained favourite Capitalist came up trumps with barrier two.

Revised Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting odds at now have the Snowden’s Breeders Plate – Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic double winning colt Capitalist at $1.75 to keep his undefeated record in check this weekend.

Petch’s hope Claro El Banco meanwhile is a genuine roughie at $101 for a massive boilover, the horse having his fourth career start this weekend with Glyn Schofield to ride him for the first time.

Claro El Banco blew his debut in early October at Flemington when dead last and beaten over eight lengths by the winner Sweet Sherry in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial (1000m).

He broke his maiden status next time out however on November 21 with a solid win in the Ballarat Magic Millions Clockwise 2YO Classic.

The success didn’t extend to his next Magic Millions run though with Claro El Banco well beaten crossing close to nine lengths off the commanding Capitalist in the Wyong MM 2YO Classic over 1100m on December 17.

He drew barrier six of nine that day and Petch believes the horse was nowhere near peak fitness for the run.

Having progressed well since, Claro El Banco is ready for an improved run in tough company on Saturday in the Sunshine State with instructions to Schofield to include getting the horse up closer to the pace from the wide alley.

“After he won at Ballarat I did put a few kilos on him just to make sure that he got the trip up the eastern seaboard,” Petch Racing Ahead.

“Wyong – he went into that race a bit underdone to be honest, and we knew it.

“He was always going to be susceptible, we probably had to use him up a lot from that wide gate because he was slow to muster speed and he’d pretty much run his race in the first 500m.

“Capitalist just went past him and he threw the towel in a little bit, but we’re going to ride him a little bit differently up here.

“I’m really happy with the horse – he’s thrived.”

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