MORE Than Ready replica Next Level will need to be every bit as good as he looked in a recent barrier trial if he is to kick his career off with a win in this weekend’s ATC Men Of League Plate (1100m) at Rosehill.
Next Level has come up with the extreme outside draw in what shapes as a deep and competitive juvenile race featuring a number of promising types including the Testa Rossa Randwick debut winner, Unencumbered.
Next Level missed the start noticeably at the official heats at Randwick on October 4 which accounts for his sixth placing.
The Gary Portelli-trained colt was the proverbial `different horse’ when he next appeared at Warwick Farm just 7-0days later blazing to a brilliant 2-lens win in his 795m heat.
Next Level has the advantage of being bred on the same cross that has produced more than 70 individual winners including the Group 1 winners Benicio, Perfectly Ready and Dreamaway.
Next level was bred by Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud and was knocked down to Elite Thoroughbreds for $125,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.