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Kris Lees tries to qualify filly Miss In Charge for the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Miss In Charge was almost knocked off her feet on debut and now Kris Lees considers the two-year-old filly a “good sneaky chance” to force her way into the rich Magic Millions Classic when she auditions on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The filly needs to win the $125,000 Aquis Gold Pearl to earn her spot in the $2million big dance a week later, but Newcastle trainer Lees believes it is not beyond her.

The daughter of Hinchinbrook made her debut in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes at Eagle Farm on December 12, beaten 3.5 lengths, but nothing went to plan.

She raced wide and then at the 150m she was badly checked and knocked sideways at the 150m by winner Sweet Dolly who shifted out abruptly.

Sweet Dolly runs down the favourite Fake Love in the Calaway Gal Stakes for Rockhampton based trainer Kevin Hansen @BrisRacingClub

Miss In Charge was not going to be fighting out the finish but it potentially cost her several lengths on her race debut.

She has since tuned up for Saturday’s Magic Millions audition by winning a barrier trial at Deagon with her race jockey on Saturday, Andrew Mallyon, in the saddle.

“Thankfully, she came out of it OK in her debut because she really was knocked about,” Lees said.

“It didn’t cost her the race but all things considered, I thought it was a nice debut.

“I think she is a sneaky good chance on Saturday.

“We will probably ride her a bit conservative due to the barrier (9) but she will get her chance and we will see if she is good enough.”

Miss In Charge will attempt to qualify for the @mmsnippets 2YO Classic in the Gold Pearl. It would be nice if she could be our 9th Magic Millions winner. @mallyon_andrew will ride the @Leesracing trained 2yo. @m_felgate @AndrewNJHawkins @RayThomas_1 @mitchellbstock @NewgateFarm

Ladbrokes has Miss In Charge as a $7 chance on Saturday and a $41 chance in the $2 million Classic the following Saturday.

The back-up blueprint, if Miss In Charge qualifies, is a tried and true method that has been successfully followed in recent years by the likes of Exhilarates, Sunlight and Houtzen.

Lees, already on the Gold Coast, says he agrees with the assessment of many that it doesn’t look like the strongest year for two-year-old Magic Millions horses.

“Everyone seems to think that the Chris Waller two-year-old that won at Wyong (She’s All Class) is the yardstick and I would agree with that for sure,” Lees said.

Originally published asCan this Miss charge into the Magic Millions?

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