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Gawler feature in Second Slip's sights

Enhanced prizemoney has helped keep classy galloper Second Slip at home as he chases a Gawler Cup win this afternoon.

The Will Clarken-trained former Kiwi was an acceptor in the $300,000 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley, but the lure of $107,250 prizemoney, almost doubled from last year, will see the horse try to overcome an awkward wide barrier.

Second Slip is the best credentialled horse in the race coming off a solid effort at Group 1 level in Melbourne after chasing home I’m Thunderstruck in the Toorak Handicap. The gelding is marked a $3.70 favourite with

His biggest challenge is expected to come from the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Sign Of Ussuri, who comes off a strong Morphettville win last time out.

Calvin McEvoy said Sign Of Ussuri has always given the impression he was capable or raising the bar and competing at a higher level.

“He’s the type of horse who I think will go better in a better class of race,’’ McEvoy said.

“He was getting beaten in benchmark races but as he’s got up in class, he’s raced better.

“Second Slip is obviously the horse to beat but I am sure out bloke will run well and (stablemate) Blow Torch will also run well,’’ he said.


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