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Clarken's big Magic Millions decision for Beau

Beau Rossa and jockey Todd Pannell face a wide barrier in their quest for Magic Millions riches at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The Will Clarken-trained galloper drew barrier 10 in the Magic Millions Snippets over 1200m with Clarken opting to run in the $1m Magic Millions Cup over the 1400m where he has drawn barrier 16.

Beau Rossa resumed at Doomben running fourth behind Roheryn and Clarken said it was a difficult decision on selecting just which way they would go.

“Drawing sticky in both races was far from ideal,’’ Clarken said.

“I spent the best part of four hours deciding which way to go.

“In the Snippets there are two that are proven, but the tempo in that race was questionable,’’ he said.

But he said the race shape and the extra journey in the Cup could bring out the best in Beau Rossa.

“It looks like they may go like cut cats,’’ Clarken said.

“I can see him being midfield with cover with some luck from the gate and I’ve always liked him as a chaser, especially on a hot speed, we saw that in the Memsie.

“He needs to run up to a Group standard, perform like he did in his Memsie run and I think he can,’’ he said.

Fellow Magic Millions Cup runner Mr Money Bags is part-owned in the Barossa Valley, while former South Australian galloper Hard Empire will also tackle the race for Trent and Toby Edmonds.

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