Trainer confident of Classic chances

With even luck trainer Stephen Jones is expecting to train the winner and runner-up in Saturday’s Max Lees Classic (900m) at Newcastle.

Jones will saddle up a pair of unraced juveniles in the $125,000 two-year-old event with Baby Wong and Mezinjit.

The Scone horseman has a leaning towards Baby Wong but expects his stablemate won’t be far off when both horses making their debut in the opening event on $1 million The Hunter day.

“I think they can finish one two,” Jones said. “Their work has been unbelievable.

“Both trialled well against the older horses and are going great looking towards the Magic Millions.”

Baby Wong is a half brother to Jones’s Highway Handicap winner Mr Wong and the trainer believes the former is capable of making his mark in town too.

Mr Wong won a Highway Handicap in January. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP

He has given Baby Wong one trial heading into his debut and the son of Press Statement won it easily on his home track of Scone.

“It was an exceptional trial,” Jones said. “He is a real bull but is going great.

“I have had him since day one after buying him off Gerry Harvey.

“I’ve got his full brother Mr Wong which is a nice horse with problems.

“He’s got a future too.”

Jockey Aaron Bullock will have to contend with a tricky draw in barrier 13 while Mezinjit jumps from barrier 10 with Tim Clark aboard.

Mezinjit is a daughter of More Than Ready and has also had one trial in preparation for her maiden start, finishing fourth in a field of seasoned gallopers.

“She is a speedy little thing and I don’t think she will be far off Baby Wong,” Jones said. “I got her off Kia Ora and she looks to be a nice type.

“She goes good.”

A full field of 14 was declared for the Max Lees Classic with Chris Waller, James Cummings and his father Anthony Cummings among the Sydney brigade set to descend on Newcastle while the locals are represented by David Atkins who also has two runners – Carartie and One Step Ahead.

Bookies TAB.com.au rate Baby Wong as a $6 chance for the sprinter while Mezinjit is at $26.

Originally published asTrainer: I think they can finish one-two

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