The Kris Lees trained Clearly Innocent has secured the last berth in the $10 million The Everest to be run at Randwick on October 14. The last of the twelve slot holders to announce his choice, Damien Flower waited until last Saturday's Premiere Stakes before striking a deal with the connections of Clearly Innocent. The choice was between the Novocastrian pair In Her Time and Clearly Innocent, both ultra-impressive in finishing first and third in the Premiere. In Her Time is raced on lease by a group which includes some Novocastrians, while Clearly Innocent is raced by his breeder Bruce Neill who owns the famous Cressfield Stud at Scone.
Lees was a happy man when the news broke at the weekend. “He is probably a horse which is at his best when he can wind up and he didn’t get that chance on Saturday. The way he sprinted when he got clear at the end showed he would be a chance in the Everest.” Lees said.
Clearly Innocent loves the big spacious tracks with long straights and Randwick fits the bill. The prospect of a cracking pace in The Everest will enhance the Newcastle gallopers prospects. He will race back in the field but he has a powerful finish and he will be storming home down the famous Randwick straight.