Noel Doyle’s Gold Coast galloper Biggles has stormed into Magic Millions 3YO Guineas 2012 contention after winning the Gold Edition Plate at Eagle Farm upon protest over the weekend, the three-year-old storming up the markets for next month’s $1 million showdown at their home track.
Running on January 14 as part of the elite racing action of the 2012 BMW Magic Millions Race Day on the Gold Coast, the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) is the summer grand final aim for Jet Spur gelding Biggles following their run on Saturday.
Despite being beaten a full length by the Desleigh Forster-trained Easy Running in the $100,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m), Biggles and jockey Timothy Bell were awarded the win after stewards quickly upheld Bell’s protest against Easy Running’s hoop Damian Browne for interference.
The successful protest saw Biggles extend their record to two from two this month and four from eight overall in their career.
Purchased for $160,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales, Biggles has now won $234,900 in prize money.
Doyle, however, is confident the up-and-comer has an even bigger win in them and it could be the 2012 Magic Millions Guineas.
“There’s a big race to be won with his horse,” he said.
“What it is, I’m not sure yet, but I know there’s one in him.”
Biggles is set to have his final Magic Millions lead-up run in the $150,000 Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben on New Year’s Eve, December 31.
“He will go on with it now and I’m looking forward to the Vo Rogue and Magic Millions,” Doyle confirmed.
Next month Biggles will be looking to improve on the fourth place finish behind Torio’s Quest in this year’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas by their stablemate Celtic Dancer.
The 1400 metres of the Magic Millions Guineas is also set to suit Biggles whose other two wins came over 1350 metres and 1500 metres at Ipswich and Eagle Farm respectively back in July.
“This horse settles back and runs on,” Doyle said of Biggles.
“I’m looking forward to getting him out over further now.”
In the latest 2012 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas all-in betting markets at Luxbet, Biggles is rated equal $11 fourth favourite with Easy Running.
At the top of the odds is Matthew Smith’s 2011 Magic Millions Classic runner-up Combat Kitty at a quote of $4.80 followed by the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo Niagara ($6) and Just The Tonic ($8).
Below are the top-rated runners in the futures odds, with full markets offering both Fixed Win and Fixed Place prices on all of the early entries to be found at our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet.
2012 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Odds
|Combat Kitty||4.80 Luxbet|
|Just The Tonic||8.00 Luxbet|
|Easy Running||11.00 Luxbet|
|State Of Wealth||15.00 Luxbet|
|Ingham Magic||17.00 Luxbet|
|Show A Prince||17.00 Luxbet|
|Star Salute||17.00 Luxbet|
|Mosse Diva||19.00 Luxbet|
|Double Impact||26.00 Luxbet|
|Lucky Morna||26.00 Luxbet|
|Rocket To Glory||26.00 Luxbet|
*Fixed Win Odds provided correct at time of publication – check Luxbet for updates and full markets