Two-year-old gelding Clevadude adds some intrigue to the nominations for Saturday’s Moonee Valley program, with the youngster entered to have his first start since his Magic Millions Classic failure in January.
The Rick Hore-Lacy-trained gelding started among the favourites in the Magic Millions but began poorly from a wide gate and never featured in the race, eventually finishing 10 lengths off winner Real Surreal in 14th position.
The Magic Millions was Clevadude’s only failure to date after he earned his spot in the race with thumping wins at Cranbourne and Moonee Valley to begin his career.
He is one of 32 juveniles nominated for the Super Vobis Handicap (1200m), with Tony Vasil’s in-form colt The Bowler another key entrant.
The Bowler made it two wins from two starts this preparation at Mornington on Monday when scoring convincingly in the Blue Diamond Nominations Open Plate.
Jockey Craig Newitt described the son of Testa Rossa as having “above average ability” and is predicting bigger things to come.
“I’m sure over the next couple of months while the tracks stay wet he’ll go right through his grades,” Newitt told Racing Victoria.
Also due to return at Moonee Valley on Saturday is five-year-old gelding Sea Lord who will has been entered for a 1400m open handicap.
The son of Street Cry won the Group 2 Australia Stakes in January and is considered a Moonee Valley specialist, with four of his seven career wins coming at the tight-turning track.
A 1200m mares’ handicap is shaping up as one of the races of the program, with the likes of Serene Star, Bonnie Mac, Royal Bender, Classy Chloe and Capital Commander to ensure it will be a competitive affair.