Gold Edition Plate Field Features 2012 Magic Millions Guineas Hopes

A field bursting with 2012 Magic Millions Guineas-bound three-year-olds is set to line-up in the $100,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm this Saturday, punters to get an early guide to the iconic Magic Millions Race Day feature next month.

Set to run as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 4:15pm, the 2011 Gold Edition Plate attracted a capacity field of 17 starters plus four emergencies, 12 of which feature in the current list of 146 entries for the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m), running at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day on January 14.

Gold Edition Plate 2011 acceptors entered for the Magic Millions Guineas 2012 are:

  • Rocket To Glory (John Manzelmann)
  • Biggles (Noel J Doyle)
  • Show A Prince (Liam Birchley)
  • Pepper Jet (Liam Birchley)
  • Easy Running (Desleigh Forster)
  • Double Impact (Jackie Crompton)
  • Aquatorial (Ron Macrae)
  • Daytime Dazzler (Col Williamson)
  • Spinhro (Norm Stephens)
  • Via Del Corso (Barry Baldwin)
  • Tycoon’s Heart (David Kelly)
  • Moroccan Dancer (Gillian Heinrich)

Of these three horses come into Saturday’s showdown on the back of a last-start win with Noel Doyle’s Jet Spur gelding Biggles winning at Eagle Farm first-up on December 3, the Col Williamson-trained last-start Ipswich winner Daytime Dazzler and Barry Baldwin’s Show A Heart colt Via Del Corso who thrived on a Slow (7) Ipswich track to win by four and a half lengths on December 2.

The Gold Edition Plate has thrown up a number of genuine gallopers over the years including last year’s winner Adebisi who won the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben just last Saturday.

Adebisi’s local Eagle Farm-based trainer Desleigh Forster will seek successive wins in the race this weekend with Easy Running.

Due to be ridden by top hoop Damian Browne and coming off an eye-catching first-up fourth to Biggles in the Hardy Brothers Jewellers Handicap (1000m) a fortnight ago, Easy Running has suffered an early blow drawing barrier 18.

With the four emergencies not gaining a start they will still only come into gate 15.

Other notable gallopers that have drawn wide for the Gold Edition Plate this year include John Manzelmann’s Shovhog gelding Rocket To Glory (14), Toowoomba galloper Mr Favulous (16) and the Liam Birchley-trained Pepper Jet (17).

Lightly-raced Jet Spur colt Pepper Jet enjoyed a strong start to their career wining their opening two career starts at the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast respectively last summer before finishing three lengths away third to Karuta Queen in this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

After a lengthy 11 month spell during which they underwent throat surgery, Pepper Jet resumed at Eagle Farm on December 3 but were disappointing when beaten seventh lengths to finish 10th to Biggles.

“We could have gone to Melbourne (for the spring) but the Magic Millions (Guineas) is just on the doorstep, so we decided to save him until then,” Birchely explained.

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2011 Gold Edition Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 7 – 17/12/2011

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 L251111X25 ROCKET TO GLORY John Manzelmann Chris Whiteley 14 56kg 81
2 324133X012 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker Mitchell Wood (a) 16 56kg 76.5
3 3412753X08 BLACK CASH Kelly Doughty Matthew Palmer 11 56kg 68
4 27X8115X1 BIGGLES Noel J Doyle Timothy Bell (a) 4 56kg 76.5
5 12177X7 SHOW A PRINCE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 6 56kg 73
6 2132X171X4 EASY RUNNING Desleigh Forster Damian Browne 18 56kg 76.5
7 114X0 PEPPER JET Liam Birchley Paul Hammersley 17 56kg 72.5
8 58X32499X0 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Scott Seamer 7 56kg 72.5
9 2X11624X14 AQUATORIAL Ron Macrae Brad Stewart 9 56kg 80
10 1X412X0 DR ICHI Bevan Laming Chris Munce 15 56kg 77.5
11 7X600801X1 DAYTIME DAZZLER Col Williamson Glen Killen 13 56kg 66
12 X037040X26 SPINHRO Norm Stephens Matthew Gray 1 56kg 65
13 16X72 ROYAL SHOUT Danny J Bougoure Scott Galloway 12 56kg 67
14 3166X1 VIA DEL CORSO Barry Baldwin Ric McMahon 5 56kg 68
15 53213 SKATER DUDE Len Treloar 20 56kg 65
16 1139X46236 HOLLYWEIRD Trevor Bailey Jim Byrne 8 54kg 77
17 56X009X125 PENSIVE DREAM Gillian Heinrich 19 54kg 62
18e 5717X FAULTLESS DANCER Ian Livingstone Michael Hellyer 3 54kg 61
19e 761X TYCOON’S HEART David Kelly 10 54kg 62
20e 4X2 SEQUENDS Danny J Bougoure 2 54kg
21e 6533X MOROCCAN DANCER Gillian Heinrich 21 54kg