Racing: Clevadude out wide in Classic

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Craig Newitt remains steadfast in his belief Clevadude can still win the Magic Millions Classic despite the Melbourne 2-year-old falling from favour with bookmakers after the barrier draw for Saturday's race.

Newitt has the task of helping Clevadude overcome a wide alley in the A$2 million ($2.5 million) feature on the Gold Coast.

The Rick Hore-Lacy-trained youngster came up with barrier 18 while his main rival, the Sydney filly Assail, drew a seemingly perfect gate.

Favourite Assail firmed from $2.80 to $2.60 after drawing the rails and Clevadude drifted from $3 to $4.

Newitt believes Assail and his mount "have got a bit on the rest" and rates the Clarry Conners-trained filly his biggest danger.

"I think if my bloke does everything right I think it [Assail] is the only horse that can beat me," Newitt said.

"But in saying that we've got barrier 18 and are going to have to rely on a little bit of luck."

First reserve Architect has gained a run after the scratching of Purrific.

Sydney jockey Tommy Berry's chances of winning three Classics on end have nosedived after Certitude drew 19. But his Magic Millions Guineas mount fared much better.

Driefontein has gate three.

Driefontein shares Guineas favouritism at $4.50 with Sizzling after the colt drew deep in gate 20.


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