After an upset win at Eagle Farm over the weekend, the Kelly Schweida-trained filly Discreet has stormed to the top of the 2012 Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds, now equal favourite in the markets with a beaten favourite at the same meeting, Sizzling.
Breaking her maiden status in fine style, Show A Heart two-year-old Discreet displayed a scintillating turn of foot to put a minimum three and a half lengths on her rivals when winning the $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1000m) on Saturday.
In a beautiful ride by ace jockey Chris Munce, Discreet ($4.80) easily accounted for runner-up Dysfunction ($15) while race favourite Snipzu ($2.05) crossed nearly four lengths off the winner in third.
“She was never going to get beaten,” Munce said of Discreet.
It was a much-improved run by Discreet, purchased for a reasonable $50,000 at the Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale in April, from her debut appearance back in October when finishing seven lengths away second to Saturday’s beaten favourite Snipzu.
Bookmakers around the country acted quickly and slashed the price on Discreet in their futures markets for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), the headline event on the BMW Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day on January 14.
Discreet is now the $4.20 equal Luxbet Magic Millions Classic betting favourite with Sizzling and will be out to emulate the Gillian Heinrich-trained Military Rose from two years ago who took out the Calaway Gal Stakes – Magic Millions 2YO Classic double back in 2009-10.
Liam Birchley’s well-tried Snippetson filly Snipzu, meanwhile, drifted right out from $6.50 to $16 in the markets while Calaway Gal Stakes runner-up Dysfunction is a $41 outsider at Luxbet.
Snitzel colt Sizzling may have been defeated on Saturday in the other Magic Millions Classic preparatory race, the $100,000 Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1000m), but they have lost few admirers.
Ridden by Munce, the Kelso Wood-trained Sizzling failed to repeat their emphatic six length win on debut at Eagle Farm over 1000 metres on November 12 when they went down a half-neck to Noogoora Burr on Saturday.
From barrier eight they had a notable lack of early speed, however they finished off well and punters are still confident Sizzling can produce when it counts over the extended distance of the Magic Millions Classic.
“The other horse (Noogoora Burr) had a soft lead,” Sizzling’s trainer Wood said after the race.
“It will be a different story at 1200 metres.”
Munce expressed similar sentiments, but was also quick to extend credit to the winner.
“He (Sizzling) doesn’t have the leg speed anymore to be a 1000 metre horse,” Munce said.
“They have come home in 33.94 and you can’t be giving away that kind of start.
“You can’t underestimate the winner, he’s a good little horse.
“You can’t knock my bloke’s run (either) and I still think he ran very, very good.”
Their loss in the Phelan Ready Stakes made Sizzling the third shortest-priced favourite to get rolled in Brisbane racing history as they went out at $1.14 before David Lawlor’s $7.50 chance Noogoora Burr got the better of them.
The Norm Hilton-trained roughie Grand Business ($41) finished off the trifecta a length and a half off the winner.
Doomben-based horseman Lawlor, fighting an ongoing battle with cancer, was over the moon with the effort by his Royal Academy gelding Noogoora Burr who is now two-from-two having won on debut at Eagle Farm back on October 8 on a Heavy (8) track.
“He’s in the Magic Millions and is going to win it too,” Lawlor said enthusiastically.
“This has been the best day of my life.”
The majority of the top Magic Millions Classic 2012 contenders, including Noogoora Burr who sits as an $11 chance in the markets, will have their final lead-up runs in the $150,000 Listed BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) at Doomben on New Year’s Eve, December 31.
Other single-priced youngsters in the latest 2012 Magic Millions Classic odds at Luxbet include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fastnet Rock filly Driefontein ($5.5), Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel colt Amorino ($8), the Chris Waller-trained Lonhro two-year-old Fundido ($8) and another from the Waterhouse stables No Looking Back ($8) – all winners on debut.
See below for the early odds on the Magic Millions Classic favourites at Luxbet.
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2011 Magic Millions Classic Odds
|No Looking Back||8.00 Luxbet|
|Noogoora Burr||11.00 Luxbet|
|Urban Groove||12.00 Luxbet|
|Hidden Warrior||16.00 Luxbet|
|Pure Hustle||17.00 Luxbet|
|Blazing Snitzel||26.00 Luxbet|
|Grand Business||26.00 Luxbet|
|Little Critter||26.00 Luxbet|