Berry Out for Back-to-Back Magic Millions Classic Wins

January 3, 2012

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Berry Out for Back-to-Back Magic Millions Classic Wins

Tommy Berry on Karuta Queen

Jockey Tommy Berry and last year's Magic Millions Classic winner Karuta Queen

Jockey Tommy Berry is looking forward to Saturday week’s 2012 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast, the in-form hoop confident he can take out the feature for the second successive year.

Twelve months ago Berry enjoyed a tidy string of wins aboard the Neville Layt-trained Karuta Queen including the Wyong – Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic double.

He will return to the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day again on January 14, this time with another prized ride in the main affair having been booked for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) mount on Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated filly Driefontein.

Backing up from her three length win on debut at Randwick back in November, the promising daughter of Fastnet Rock maintained her flawless record wining the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on New Year’s Eve.

With Berry aboard Driefontein easily accounted for the field of fellow Magic Millions Classic hopes, the only horse presenting any kind of challenge being the second placed Sizzling who finished one and a half lengths away.

Surprisingly the Kelso Wood-trained Sizzling retained their position at the top of the 2012 Magic Millions Classic odds at Luxbet paying $3.60 in the latest markets.

Driefontein occupies the next line of betting at $4, but the top two fancies are the wrong way around according to Berry.

“If Sizzling couldn’t run us down at Doomben then I can’t see him doing it at the Gold Coast,” he said.

“You have to remember that my filly went into that race without a trial, she is going to take a lot of improvement out of the run and from how I see it there is no way Sizzling will be able to give us a start and beat us.”

Berry, who enjoyed a quartet of Doomben wins last Saturday, went on to comment about the similarities between Driefontein and last year’s Magic Millions Classic winner Karuta Queen.

“The way Driefontein travelled reminded me a lot of Karuta Queen,” he said.

“She felt like she was only going half pace in the run but she is able to get the rest of them off the bit and chasing.

“Once she gets into the straight she opens up and her sprint is devastating.

“I am starting to get excited about the Gold Coast.

“I think she will win the Millions for sure.”

Waterhouse was also left questioning the bookies as to why her filly was not at the top of the odds for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic following her record-breaking BJ McLachlan Stakes success (1:09.38).

“How could she have done any more?” Waterhouse said.

“She was only 95 per cent fit and will only get better.

“The second horse (Sizzling) ran a good race as well but nothing behind them could win the Magic Millions.”

Waterhouse is out for her fourth Magic Millions Classic win this year, Sydney’s lady of racing having previously won with Dance Hero (2004), Excellerator (2001) and Assertive Lad (2000).

Her other leading Magic Millions Classic 2012 chance lies in her Redoute’s Choice filly No Looking Back who is equal fourth favourite at $11 through Luxbet along with the Mark Kavanagh-trained Alezan Thunder and John O’Shea’s Wyong Magic Millions Classic winner Hoss Amor.

Gerald Ryan’s Rosehill winner last Saturday Amorino is the only other runner behind Sizzling and Driefontein at single figures paying $4.60.

To view the full and updated 2012 Magic Millions 2YO Classic all-in markets, head to Luxbet now.

New to sign up with Luxbet? Enter the exclusive promo code BONUSBET when joining and making your first deposit to have your initial stakes matched dollar for dollar up to $400 as a bonus bet!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Super Cash Chases Robert Sangs...

Gosford Cup 2018 Betting: Sing...

Gosford Cup 2018 Betting: Singing Firming Favourite

Newcastle horseman Kris Lees saddles-up two stayers in Thursday’s feature race...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second-Up for Merchant Navy

Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Merchant Navy will take on the older...

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes F...

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes First-Up for Mighty Boss

Mick Price’s shock Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss will chase the 2018...

Royal Ascot Option for 2018 Qu...

Royal Ascot Option for 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Bound Winx

The world’s best mare Winx will be “on the plane” to England for a Royal Ascot...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field