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Wide gate suits Samadoubt in George Main Stakes

Jockey Tim Clark returns to scale after riding Samadoubt to victory in the Chelmsford Stakes (PA Images)

Trainer Bjorn Baker would have been pleased with the barrier draw for Saturday’s Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes (registered as the George Main Stakes) (1600m) after his in-form gelding, Samadoubt, drew barrier 10 of 11.

The six-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt drew gate 14 of 14 in the Chelmsford Stakes, and Baker said it suited as his charge could roll across to the front at his own pace out wide.

That looks a likely scenario again as Samadoubt aims for three consecutive victories this campaign. 

Crowd favourite Happy Clapper has drawn ideally in gate 4 following his gallant first-up 2nd placing behind Samadoubt in the Winx Stakes (1400m) where he was beaten less than half a length. 

Chelmsford Stakes runner-up Avilius has drawn awkwardly in barrier 8 and will need a bit of magic from Kerrin McEvoy to avoid being caught wide or getting too far out of his ground. 

Having originally nominated 10 horses for the event, Chris Waller has accepted with Life Less Ordinary, Youngstar and Verry Elleegant as he searches for his fifth consecutive win in the race. 

2019 Colgate Optic White Stakes field and barriers:

1. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster - Glen Boss (4) 59kg
2. AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings - Kerrin McEvoy (8) 59kg
3. DREAMFORCE John Thompson - Nash Rawiller (1) 59kg
4. SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker - Tim Clark (10) 59kg
5. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller - Jason Collett (9) 59kg
6. MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney - Mark Zahra (7) 59kg
7. ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell - Luke Currie (3) 58.5kg
8. DANZDANZDANCE Chris Gibbs & Michelle Bradley - Tommy Berry (5) 57kg
9. YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller - Brenton Avdulla (2) 57kg
10. CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott - Sam Clipperton (11) 57kg
11. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller - James McDonald (6) 56.5kg


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Wide gate suits Samadoubt in George Main Stakes

Trainer Bjorn Baker would have been pleased with the barrier draw for Saturday’s Group 1 Colgate Optic White Stakes (registered as the George Main Stakes) (1600m) after his in-form gelding, Samadoubt, drew barrier 10 of 11.

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