Fri, Jan 13, 7:53am by Staff Writer
It’s a massive day of racing at the Gold Coast this Saturday – Magic Millions day.
There are capacity fields throughout with 16 to line up in the 2YO Classic over 1200m. The fillies dominate the market with the winner to pocket $1.2 million for connections.
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From Within ($4) has drawn barrier seven and with that is the outright favourite for the race. The Chris Waller-trained filly was an impressive winner at her only start although some have doubted the performance of that win.
Invincible Star ($8) debuted with a strong Group 3 win at Flemington on Cup day over 1000m and has drawn barrier 16. The Waterhouse/Bott filly won that race by over 2L and has trialled impressively since, winning that by 5.5L.
Madeenaty ($7) is having her fourth race start and has been near the top of the markets since her win on debut in the Listed Maribyrnong Stakes (1000m). She is two wins from three career starts with her only defeat coming at the hands of Invincible Star. She’s drawn barrier one and comes into Saturday off a last start win in the Magic Millions Wyong lead up.
Houtzen ($4.60) is two from two with a 4L win on debut and a 4.5L win last week at the track over 1100m. With that win she jumped into outright favouritism for the Classic but has since drifted after drawing barrier 21.
Chris Munce has two undefeated runners in the race – Ours To Keep ($5.50) (three from three) has a kind draw and will jump from barrier four while stablemate Champ Elect ($26) (two from two) has drawn wide in 17.
Another full field of 16 will take part in the $1.9 million 3YO Classic (1200m) with Team Snowden scratching Niccolance giving Gerald Ryan’s Pipeline a start.
Winning Rupert is a hot odds-on favourite for the race ($1.50) and has drawn favourably in barrier six. He’s unbeaten in five career starts but in three starts this preparation he’s won by 5.8L, 5.5L and 3L.
Global Glamour ($7) is a dual Group 1 winner and is one of two runners for Waterhouse/Bott. The filly’s two G1 majors have come against her own sex in the Flight Stakes and Thousand Guineas (both over a mile) and she heads into Saturday after not getting a clear run down the straight last start behind Kinsachi. She’s drawn barrier 21 while stablemate Arbeitsam ($17) – an impressive BM70 winner at Canterbury last start – has drawn eight.
Eckstein ($13) has four wins from seven starts with all those wins coming from his last four runs – the most recent being last week at the track.
Miss Wonderland ($26) has a Group 3 third to the highly-touted Spright while Faraway Town ($61) has been competitive in some black type racing during her career but has only the one win from 11 career starts, and that win was back in November 2015. Barrier 19 won’t help her cause.
Race 9 is a set weights and penalties over 1200m with $600,000 going to the winner. Target In Sight ($4.40) is first-up after bleeding last start and not finishing the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m). Before that he ran home strongly to finish sixth of 13 – beaten 2.1L – to Malaguerra in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m). He’s won four and been placed a further three times from seven fresh starts although his last win was back in March 2015. He’s had three trials leading into this and will jump from barrier one. Dothraki ($5) was second to Malaguerra in the BTC Cup and is another who is fresh while Le Cordon Bleu ($7.50) heads into Saturday off an impressive last start win in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m).
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