Sat, Jan 12, 9:15am by Kevin Pitstock
We preview the extensive Magic Millions Day on the Gold Coast, January 12
R1: Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort & Spa Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1200m)
With a maiden valued at $82,000 we have runners from near and far and a field about as large as they come! The Hawkes stable have the four-year-old Lonhro gelding No 2. Danrho primed for a first up win here off the back of a recent barrier trial effort. Placed in four of his five starts to date, he looks the one. No 5. Royal Jester from the Liam Birchley stable has placed in three of his five runs and looks capable of running a bold race here as does No 8. Gleesonator, a veteran of only two career starts, having finished in the places both times. Going wide and putting in No 10. Giant Crusher who is trained on the track for fourth. With such a large field here, we could have easily missed the winner.
R2: Korean Air Magic Millions Stayers Cup(1800m)
Trained at the track, No 9. Noisy Ocean looks to have an undeniable chance, winning two of his last three starts, and although has failed at the distance before, his form is much better now leading into this. It is rare for the Gai Waterhouse stable to send a runner to this day without walking away with a winner, and No 1. Kinnersley, a winner of the Goulburn Cup two starts back has the class edge here, as long as the impost of 59kgs is not too much. Having contested this race on three occasions, for a win and a second No 2. Pepperwood, while currently out of form, must be considered, while the Toby Edmonds-trained No 3. Bid Spotter could be a chance at odds with leading Melbourne jockey Michael Rodd in the saddle.
R3: RM Williams Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m)
Always a hotly contested race here and the money has come for No 14. Bennetta, a last start winner at Canterbury – was paid up late for the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas but is unlikely to gain a start due to being third emergency. If she can carry the weight, No 1. Capital Commander does have claims in an open contest. Narrowly beaten three starts back in stakes company, the Nick Olive-trained mare is the class of the field. No 7. Mosse Diva is arguably in the best form of any of the runners in the field, having won three and finished in the places at the other two from her last five runs. A blowout chance here at good odds is No 10. Rocksan, a Fastnet Rock mare trained on the track.
R4: Myer Magic Millions Sprint(1000m)
Watch them fly here! Class is always a determining factor, but so is weight – and No 1. Eagle Falls has both. A Group One winner, he has been out of form for some time and has to carry the impost of 60kgs. He is one of the favoured runners, but I find it hard to include him as the number one choice, instead leaning the way of the bottom two of the field, both set to be very good odds – check it out on Sportingbet. No 12. Bella Rossie narrowly from No 11. Shamrock Slipper for mine. Putting in the class runner Eagle Falls for a place purely on class and then No 6. Leealan who has some good first up credentials.
R5: $1million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas(1400m)
A $1 million dollar contest with not too many chances. We have said all along that class is a factor, so No 1. Sizzling, a Group One-winning juvenile comes out on top here. Unlucky last start when being beaten, if barrier 20 can be overcome, he should be winning here and is the best bet of the day. Last year’s Magic Millions 2yo Classic quinella look the hardest to defeat. Last start listed winner No 10. No Looking Back has come back in good form, the only query is stepping from the 1100m to the 1400m in two weeks, while her stablemate No 9. Driefontein, the winner of the Magic Millions last year resumed and was surprisingly beaten, looking to atone here. No 2. Lucky Hussler who defeated Sizzling last time out can’t do anything wrong at present and must also me included.
R6: $2millions Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m)
The big one of the day, the one everyone who purchased a yearling at the sales last year has targeted. Felt it was a race between the unbeaten fillies Assail and Missy Longstocking, but after the shock withdrawal of Assail on race morning, No 7. Missy Longsocking gets the nod. Unbeaten Bel Esprit gelding No 3. Clevadude has done nothing wrong to date and his two wins have been won by a combined eight lengths and looks the danger to the fillies if he can overcome the barrier. A live rough chance comes the way of No 9. I’m Too Sexy, who was too bad to be true last start and if you go on her debut win, she must be included, as should No 10. Sweet Idea, a runner up to Missy Longstocking last time out.
R7: Oracle Magic Millions Cup (1400m)
No runner in the field is currently in better form than No 6. Biggles, a winner of two of his past four with two second place finishes sandwiched in between. Last start was a Listed event over 1300m at the track and the step up to the 1400m, a distance he has two wins at, looks well within his grasp. Group One Golden Slipper and Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner No 2. Phelan Ready has resumed this campaign with three consecutive placed runs and could be the danger to Biggles. No 10. Stratford was very disappointing last time out, but having won on this day last year, he should not be discounted as should No 3. Startsmeup, a Group Three winner three starts back who is now trained on the track.
R8: Sky Racing World Magic Millions Class 6 Plate (1200m)
A tough one to end the day, but leaning towards the John O’Shea-trained No 3. Carmine King. Winning narrowly last time out the Commands gelding will be fitter for three runs this time in and should right to go on with it here. The money continues to come for No 6. I’m Cool who has won four of his five starts to date and is clearly the danger here. Showing promise early in his career, No 14. State Of Wealth is one who could show up at odds, as is No 13. Spinhro, a Lonhro gelding who is a winner at the track.
Best Bet: R5, No 1. Sizzling – get your $200 Bonus Sportingbet offer
Best Each Way Bet: R4, No 12. Bella Rossie
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