Melissa Griffin has two hopefuls at Wagga on Friday and they’ll line up next to each other.

Melissa Griffin has Clever Magic and High Five in the same race at Wagga on Friday.
Melissa Griffin has Clever Magic and High Five in the same race at Wagga on Friday.

The Rock trainer Melissa Griffin has two hopefuls at Wagga on Friday and they’ll line up next to each other.

Griffin has Clever Magic and High Five in the Mitch William Painting Stakes (400m). 

Clever Magic has drawn the five with her kennelmate to start from six.

Griffin was reluctant to split her pair after the box draw.

“I would say five (is the better chance), but she’s not really suited in the five and is more of an inside dog and the six has been going well,” Griffin said.

“She likes to be further out there where she is so I don’t know.

“Dogs racing you just don’t know and you can’t predict too much.”

Griffin has recently set up base at The Rock but isn’t a stranger to the Riverina after previously having a property in Coolamon.

Clever Magic was a winner four starts ago but is yet to repeat her early form.

She finished no worse than second in her first five starts before going into season and has been unplaced in her last three efforts.

Griffin hopes she will be back firing soon.

“I picked her and her sister up just not long ago, just after moved back to Wagga and had one start for me in November and she won then she came into season and had a bit of a spell,” she said.

“I’m just trying to get her back into rhythm again as she has lost her mojo I think."

On the other hand High Five seems to be loving life in the Riverina and hasn’t missed a place in three starts in the region.

“She has been going really well for me,” Griffin said.

The pair have drawn a strong race with Griffin rating Ben Talbot’s Small Time Riot and Terry O’Keefe’s Tom’s Desire as the two biggest dangers.

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