Fri, Jan 12, 9:50am by Staff Writer
Saturday is Magic Millions Day on the Gold Coast. The rail is out one-metre from the 1000m to the 400m and true the remainder and with hot weather all week, the track will be in the good range.
The 2YO Classic (1200m) is worth $1.2 million to the winner and it’s a race in three according to the markets with Ef Troop ($4.80), Sunlight ($4) and Jonker ($4.40) in a three-way battle for favouritism.
Ef Troop narrowly won his first start at Doomben in November but burst into Magic Millions contention with a 5.3L romp in the Listed Phelan Ready (1110m) at Doomben a month ago. Crockett ($31) ran second on that occasion and has since finished seventh to Meryl ($15) two weeks back.
Sunlight has been super impressive at her two starts this campaign both victories being around the 4.5L margin with her first race start in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial (1000m), a third to Nomathaj ($10) who is having his second career start here.
Jonker won his debut start back in December over 900m at Newcastle before an impressive 4L win in the Magic Millions lead-up at Wyong over 1100m when defeating Skyray ($34), Bondi ($18) and Terminology ($51) who all line up here – the latter, as second emergency.
Team Snowden saddle up Legislation ($23) who’ll be ridden by Damian Browne while Blake Shinn rides the stable mate Bondi. Quackerjack ($34) is another gunning for three straight but has drawn wide in barrier 19. Secret Lady ($19) ran second to him last start with a win and two seconds from her three race starts while Witherspoon ($31) has been in the market at her three starts but is yet to record a win.
Pierata ($2.20) is the short-price favourite for the 3YO Guineas (1400m) in which he’s drawn barrier one. The Greg Hickman-trained colt will carry top weight of 57kg and comes into this off three eye-catching runs this campaign. He’s won two of those three starts with three wins from seven overall.
Sasso Corbaro ($5) has won three of her five career starts with her first two starts being second when beaten by a nose in each race. Last start she was impressive in BM78 grade at Randwick over 1300m. Bel Sonic ($16) has also won three from five with both his wins this campaign being from last at the 800m.
Global Glamour ($2.80) will have to lump top weight of 60.5kg but she’s favourite and looks hard to beat in race five, the Magic Millions for fillies and mares (1300m). A multiple Group 1 winner she is first-up since a two run campaign in the spring, with a nice 4L barrier trial win keeping her ready for this. Pretty Fast ($8) has won four from seven with those four wins coming from her four starts this prep.
Viddora ($2.25) is a last start G1 winner of the Winterbottom (1200m) in Perth and she’s first-up since that run back at the beginning of December. She raced in this race last year when flashing home for a 0.3L second to Target in Sight.
Suggested Bet: A massive day of racing with big field sizes the order of the day. Not sure if barrier one is the best thing for Pierata ($2.20, race 7, number 1) but if it’s not a hindrance, he looks hard to beat in the 3YO Guineas. Sasso Corbaro looks the obvious danger but this has been the plan for Pierata for a long time and if he can pull it off, it will be a much deserved victory for trainer Greg Hickman.
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