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Second Slip 'drawn to run a cheeky race' in G1 debut

Second Slip has drawn perfectly for his Group 1 debut in Saturday’s $1m Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.

The former Kiwi will start form barrier two with Linda Meech in the saddle and trainer Will Clarken is predicting a bold showing.

“He’s drawn to run a cheeky race at bolters odds,’’ Clarken said.

“Whether or not that means him running in the first half a dozen or in the placings, I’m not sure, but he should get a good run from the draw.

“If they go steady he can probably lead or if they roll along he could end up just behind them which would be ideal as he can float in his races,’’ he said.

Clarken said the horse had come through his Balaklava Cup second placing in great order.

“Even though the winner had him cold, I thought he was still strong on the line,’’ Clarken said.

High class stablemate Ironclad will be back at the trials at Morphettville on Friday with a tilt at the Murray Bridge Cup his next outing.

“It looks like he’d carry 60kg at Murray Bridge but that will tell us where we should be heading with him,’’ Clarken said.

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