Last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Impending...
Despite a nice win at Rosehill over the weekend, trainer Gerald Ryan believes his 2012 Magic Millions 2YO Classic hope Amorino doesn’t deserve top spot in the odds for the Gold Coast feature running on Saturday January 14.
Amorino maintained their undefeated career record with a smart one length victory over Mrs Gray in the Summer Super Saver Ticket Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill on New Year’s Eve.
“He’s a natural two-year-old, a really nice, athletic horse,” Ryan said of Amorino.
They will now head to the Gold Coast for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) for which they are the $4.60 third favourite for in the markets at Luxbet.
Although unbeaten, Amorino is overshadowed in the Magic Millions Classic odds by $3.60 favourite Sizzling and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein ($4) who ran two-one in the BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
While happy with Amorino’s runaway performance, Ryan believes it is the form in Doomben that will stack up come Magic Millions Day.
“You couldn’t help but be impressed by the two in Brisbane, and I think whatever beats them will be winning it (the Magic Millions Classic),” he said.
“I just think it (the BJ McLachlan) was a better stepping stone to the Magic Millions than the Sydney race, although Amorino did a great job.”
Magic Millions history supports Ryan’s suggestion as three of the past nine Magic Millions Classic winners used the McLachlan/Tommy Smith Sipper as their final lead-up.
Still, Ryan said Amorino was definitely the best Magic Millions Classic horse he has ever had.
“I’m going to the Gold Coast the most confident I have ever been,” he said.
“He’s a very nice horse and he’s still got improvement in him.”
Amorino is a son of Snitzel who was one of the shortest-priced Magic Millions favouites to be beaten in the Classic when the $1.50 favourite finished a length third to Bradbury’s Luck back in 2005.
“He is the best one (juvenile) I have had pre-Christmas since Snitzel,” Ryan added.
“He doesn’t have real brilliant speed like some of the Snitzels, but I was very impressed with him.”
While Ryan and the punters harbour doubts, there is still plenty to like about the Magic Millions Classic form on Amorino including the fact that 14 of the past 20 MM Classic winners raced between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and 10 of the past 20 were unbeaten going into the race.
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