Military Rose Wins Magic Millions Classic

On Saturday the Gold Coast Racecourse held their biggest race meeting of the year, the coveted Magic Millions Raceday, headlined by the state?s richest race, the $2million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

The prestigious and lucrative sprint event was taken out by local runner and clear favourite, the Gillian Heinrich-trained Military Rose ($4) in sensational style, finishing nearly four lengths ahead of John O?Shea?s Ambers Waltz ($8) with Demanding Miss ($9.50) a gallant third.

Now undefeated in four starts, Military Rose became the first Gold Coast-trained horse to claim the Classic since Snippets in 1987, and was ridden to victory by Stathi Katsidis, current leader of the Australian Riding Premiership with 87 wins.

Heinrich purchased the General Nediym filly for $155 000 at last year?s MM yearlings sale and Military Rose will now be aimed at the richest two-year-old race in the world, the $3.5million Golden Slipper in Sydney on April 3.

It was a devastating finish for second favourite in the pre-race betting markets, the Tony Gollan-trained Sprit Of Boom ($4.60) coming in a well-beaten 14th following a slow start.

2010 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Results:

Placing

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Margin (L)

Odds

1
MILITARY ROSE
Gillian Heinrich Stathi Katsidis $4F
2
AMBERS WALTZ
John O’Shea corey Brown 3.8 $8
3
DEMANDING MISS
Barry Baldwin Chris Muknce 4.1 $9.50
4
EBONY ROCK
David Hayes Brad Rawiller 4.2 $26
5
STARTSMEUP
Bruce W Hill Paul Hammersley 5.5 $26
6
JANTZEN
Helen Page Jason Taylor 5.8 $51
7
MUNDI GULLY
Julie Green Dennis Whitmore 6.1 $61
8
TOUGH LUCK
Robert Bradshaw Jim Byrne 7.1 $101
9
RED BELLY BLACK
David Hayes Glen Boss 7.3 $11
10
BRIGHTEXPECTATIONS
Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7.7 $13
11
RINA RINGA ROSIE
B & R Laming Michael Cahill 8.2 $18
12
MARKING TIME
Alan Bailey Glen Colless 8.5 $11
13
EXTREME MOVER
Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 8.6 $31
14
SPIRIT OF BOOM
Tony Glaan Kristy Banks 10.1 $4.60
15
WANDERING STAR
Liam Birchley Brad Pengelly 11.9 $41
16
TRIPLE CROWN
Gary Portelli Craig Williams 12.1 $17