Fri, Jan 5, 10:37am by Staff Writer
It’s ‘Ladies Day’ at the Gold Coast on Saturday, a pre-cursor to the big Magic Millions day next week. The rail is in the true and at acceptances the track was a heavy-10 although there is minimal rain forecast leading into race day.
The $2-million Magic Millions 2YO Classic is the feature race next week and there’s a few runners this Saturday making a last ditch effort to sneak into next week’s Classic including Terminololgy ($3.20) for the Waterhouse/Bott camp. The two-year-old filly flashed into Magic Million calculations after a 10L trial win but could only manage a fourth of seven in the Wyong Magic Millions lead up when beaten by Jonker. She was slow to begin and then caught three wide with no cover so perhaps there’s a small excuse from last start.
Sunlight ($1.70) is on the third line of betting in pre-post markets for the ‘big one’ with one win from her two career starts. At her race debut during the spring she ran third in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) down the Flemington straight before a strong near 5L win over 900m at this track before Christmas. Dram of Delago ($23) and King of the North ($26) ran the minors on that occasion and they both line up here as well. Paquirri ($6) was third to Jonker at his race debut before a nose second last start while Boom Girl ($14) – also racing here – was third in the same race.
All Too Huiying ($2.90) and Boom Boom Epic ($2.90) did battle last start with the latter coming out on top and they meet again in race three, a 3YO handicap over 1800m. All Too Huiying was a maiden after nine starts but he’s won three of his last four although he’ll have to contend with top weight and barrier 10 (of 10) on Saturday. Boom Boom Epic has won two from six career starts with a further three minor placings and in fact the only time she missed a place was on debut when ninth of nine at Doomben on a heavy-8. Looks Like Elvis ($8) has had an inkling of early betting support while Mishani Bullit ($6.50) and Weekend Saga ($6.50) are on the next line of betting behind the equal favourites.
Race eight is an open handicap over 1200m with 13 acceptors. Zumbelina ($4.40) has won six from 14 career starts and she was a winner three starts back at Rosehill in BM92 grade. Since that run she’s finished in the back half of the field, her most recent run when tenth of 12 in the Listed Just Now Stakes (1350m).
Flamboyer ($4.60) has nine wins and 19 placings from his 54 starts and whilst he hasn’t won since March, he’s first-up and comes into this off a 4L trial win over Sylpheed – a Listed winner at her last start. Top weight Siegfried ($6) is second-up and a two-time winner when second-up while Banda Spice ($6.50) has been there and thereabouts at her past few starts but her last win was back in December of 2016. Quatronic ($21) has won seven of her 15 career starts but she has two duck eggs and a seventh of 16 at her past three runs this prep. They have been spread out since October with her most recent run over a month ago.
Suggested Bet: A typically tough Queensland day with big fields that doesn’t end easily for the punters with the final race of the day being a ‘No Metro Wins’ capacity field plus seven emergencies. But going with the youngsters and giving Terminology ($3, race 2, number 9) another chance. She didn’t get the best of runs when fourth to Jonkers at her debut – and yes she was fading late after doing it tough – but if she can get an even start and capture that ‘trial form’ where she won by 10L, she’s certainly worth a second chance.
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