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Australian Racing - Racing: Levante set for big Newmarket run

Michael Dee is confident about his ride on Levante in this weekend's Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and feels she could run a big race in the 1200-metre contest.

Dee hoping to bounce back

The jockey will look to harness his crushing disappointment from Saturday's Australian Guineas ride aboard the luckless Pinstriped as he rides the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained New Zealand Group 1 winner, who is 16/1 for the contest.

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"I think the straight should suit," he said. "She used to get quite far back in her races and then really rattle home.

"That might have brought her undone a couple of times but lately, this prep, she has been jumping well and been put in a prominent position and been able to win like that.

"I'm meant to be coming here next week for a canter around on her on Thursday or Friday and I'll try to get to know her in a short time."

Melbourne the target

Ken Kelso has stated that he intends to use this week's trip to Melbourne as a test run for the spring, when he hopes to aim Levante at the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes over 1600 metres on Derby Day.

It will be the veteran trainer's first Victorian runner in partnership with his wife Bev, while it will be his first Flemington starter since Envoy finished seventh to Makybe Diva in her history-making third Melbourne Cup.

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