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BARRIER TRIAL: The four starters round the turn in Tuesday’s clockwise two-year-old barrier trial in Ballarat. Picture: Lachlan BenceA quartet of little known two-year-olds has signalled the launch ofthe on-track countdown to Ballarat Cup Day.
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BUNCHED FINISH: The Luke Oliver-trained Majestueux (Sam Payne) hits the line first in a clockwise barrier trial in Ballarat on Tuesday. Picture: Ballarat Turf Club

The youngsters from four of the state’s leading stables contested the first of three scheduled clockwise barrier trials atSportsbet Ballarat on Tuesday–qualifying for the $200,000 Magic Millions 2yoClockwise Classic, 1000m, to be run at the Cup meeting on Saturday, November 19.

Not only did the gallopers get the tick of approval, so too did the track.

Racing is set to return to the Ballarat circuitnext Monday –Melbourne Cup eve –for the first time since August after a wetter than usual start to spring.

Ballarat Turf Club chief executive officer Lachlan McKenzie said the track was in top condition with excellent grass cover.

He said jockeys in the trial had described racing surface as perfect.

The two-year-olds from the Darren Weir, Robert Smerdon,Tony McEvoy and Luke Oliver stables did not miss a beat in the trial and are noweligible for the Clockwise Classic.

“They were very competitive,” McKenzie said.

“All cornered well and less than a length separated them on the line.”

McKenzie reinforced his delight with the turn-out for the first trial, which since the feature event was first run in 2012,hadfailed to attract any nominations.

Other than entriesfrom New Southand Queensland, where races are run clockwise, horses must take part in a clockwise trial in Ballaratto qualify for the classic.

Trial result: Majestueux (trainer Luke Oliver/jockeyby Sam Payne) 1,Eloquent King (Tony McEvoy/Luke Currie) 2,Cheeky As (Darren Weir/Jordan Childs) 3,Rioli (Robert Smerdon/Shinya Mori) 4. Margins: neck, head.

Eloquent King is the only one of the four with race experience, having had the one start.

The BTC has attracted 320 entries for the eight events programmed Monday’s race meeting –the club’slast meeting before the Cup.

BALLARAT Turf Club had three retiring committee members re-elected at its annual meeting on Mondaynight.

Brian Anderson, Bill Gribble and Craig Fletcher were returned.

The club will elect its executive at its nextcommittee meeting.

Con Powell has been the chairman for the past year.

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