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Driefontein is all but unbeatable in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2012 according to trainer Gai Waterhouse who vies for her fourth success in the lucrative Gold Coast feature this Saturday.
Undefeated in two-from-two in her promising career to date, Fastnet Rock-Follow Gold filly Driefontein confirmed her position as Luxbet favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) this year with a decisive win in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on New Year’s Eve.
Defeating former MM Classic favourite Sizzling by an easy one-and-a-half lengths, Dreifontein confirmed her three length win on debut at Randwick back in November was no fluke and that she boasted true potential to hand Waterhouse another Classic win.
Raced by Star Thoroughbred’s syndicate, Driefontein worked on the course proper at Eagle Farm on Saturday showing her connections she had come on well since her last-start success.
“She had a gallop on the course proper at Eagle Farm…she went super,” syndicator Denise Martin said.
“Gai and Mark Newnham (track jockey) believe she has improved since her win at Doomben.”
Waterhouse confirmed her high opinion of Dreifontein, expressing her confidence heading into Saturday.
“I don’t think anything will beat Driefontein next Saturday,” she said.
“I think she’s a really good thing.
“She’s top class, she’s the best two-year-old here by a long shot.
“She had blinkers on (for her Saturday work) and had a really strong workout over 800 metres and quick the final 400 metres.
“She pulled up so well I don’t have to give her any more serious work before the Millions.”
Waterhouse will also be represented in the 2012 Magic Millions Classic field by $13 chance No Looking Back after their good workout at Randwick on the weekend.
A daughter of Redoute’s Choice out of 2006 Magic Millions Classic winner Mirror Mirror, No Looking Back was a winner on debut at Warwick Farm last November but hasn’t raced since.
“I was at Eagle Farm watching Dreifontein (on Saturday) but I told Nash (Rawiller) to give her (No Looking Back) a good hard gallop at Randwick and then come back with a recommendation,” Waterhouse said.
“He was adamant the filly should run (in the MM Classic).
“He thought she worked well and pulled up fit.”
Although a well-bred filly with plenty of potential, history is against No Looking Back as no Magic Millions winner has won the feature at their second start.
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