The Everest - Winkers Should Work For Clearly Innocent

Trainer Kris Lees has explained the reasoning behind the addition of winkers to the gear of Clearly Innocent for the $10 million Everest at Randwick on Saturday.
Lees consulted with jockey Hugh Bowman before opting to make the important gear change on the six-year-old.
“I discussed it with Hugh and we both feel the winkers hopefully will enable Clearly Innocent to race a bit more forward and stay on the bridle for longer,” he said.
“He has worked in winkers, and worked really well.
“Obviously, with such huge prizemoney, it’s going to be a tough race to win and any little edge we can get just might make the difference.”
Clearly Innocent began his career at Scone with Greg Bennett. He joined the Lees stable at Newcastle earlier in the year when Bennett decided to move to Queensland to take up a stud position which he later relinquished.
Clearly Innocent has had five starts for Lees for two wins in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes at Scone and the G1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm and two thirds including the G1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben.
“We have aimed Clearly Innocent at The Everest for the last few months in the hope of securing a slot with him,” Lees said.
“He is definitely as good as I have ever had him.”
Lees admits he would have preferred The Everest to be run over 7 f.
“But it is what it hence putting winkers on him,” he said. “I’m sure they won’t hurt him.”
Clearly Innocent’s work at Broadmeadow has been excellent since his first-up third in the G2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on September
His second-up record is excellent with two wins and a placing from four attempts.

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