Trainer Gavin Clifton and his cousin, David McKenzie, are ‘praying for a miracle’ with Photo Man in the TAB Million Dollar Chase (520m) – Race 9, 9.50pm – at Wentworth Park in Sydney on Saturday night.
Both part-own Victoria’s ‘great white hope’ in the final – which as the title suggests – carries a staggering $1,000,000 first prize.
Based at Tynong North, in West Gippsland, the Clifton-McKenzie partnership is also hoping Photo Man – $19 on TAB fixed odds – can become the first Victorian to win the MDC since its inception in 2018.
However, they face a ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ – Australia’s new sprint queen and NSW sprint sensation She’s A Pearl ($1.40F), which is chasing her 12th successive win (and 15 of past 16).
Last month’s G1 Golden Easter Egg winner, She’s A Pearl semaphored a stunning 29.30sec (Best) MDC heat win – over 10 lengths quicker than Photo Man’s 29.96sec heat victory.