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After being abandoned by the punters earlier in the week, smart Sydney galloper Amorino has had a recent surge of money come in for them to win the 2012 Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast this Saturday.
Headlining a bumper nine-race Magic Millions program, the $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) features a competitive field of juveniles that came through last year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sales, including $70,000 purchase Amorino.
Already the Gerald Ryan-trained son of Snitzel, third as the beaten favourite to upset Magic Millions Classic winner Bradbury’s Luck back in 2005, has won connections back more than their purchase price having amassed an impressive $124,000 in prize money thanks to two Sydney wins.
Despite beating home a number of their Saturday Magic Millions rivals by an easy margin at Rosehill on December 31, punters have been wary of how Amorino’s form will stack up against that of the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on the same day where MM Classic top elects Driefontein ($3.10 Luxbet) and Sizzling ($3.50 Luxbet) ran the quinella.
Drawn in barrier eight with two-time Magic Millions Classic winning hoop Jim Cassidy engaged, Amorino opened in the Luxbet markets as a $6 chance before blowing out to $7.50.
They are now back into $6.50 occupying the third line of Magic Millions betting, Cassidy confident he is on the right horse to hand him another win in the Gold Coast Classic.
“I’m really happy with the draw, it gives us a couple of options,” Cassiday said.
“He led and won well last start but I’ve been desperate to ride him just off the pace.
“I think he will be able to get a nice run behind the leaders and then let down nicely.
“I’ll just ride him where he’s happy, he doesn’t have to lead.”
Cassidy also said he held no fears over the 1200 metres, which Amorino hasn’t seen before, and that they would continue to improve as they stepped up in distance.
“1200 (metres) I think will suit him, the further he goes the better he’ll go I believe,” Cassidy said.
“He’s entitled to be there, he’s done nothing wrong and two out of two, you can’t knock it.
“He’s improved and I see improvement coming out of that one (his last start) going into Saturday.”
As for their position in the markets, Cassidy said he was unfazed over who the favourites were or weren’t and that all he would focus on was getting Amorino to the line in the best position possible on the day.
“Luck in running plays a big part, temperature on the day, it’s a big race,” he said.
“If you’re in it you can win it, if you’re not in it you can’t win it.
“I’ve seen favourites get beat before time and time again.
“There’s three, four, five chances and any one of them can win.”
A surprise Amorino supporter is rival trainer Chris Waller.
Waller vies for his maiden Magic Millions victory with Fundido on Saturday, the $15 chance through Luxbet drawing wide with barrier 16.
While hopeful his horse can overcome the draw and odds, Waller has tipped Amorino as the horse to beat and believes their form in Sydney will become the benchmark.
“Amorino has been very impressive in his two wins in Sydney and I rate the form there the strongest two-year-old form in the country,” Waller said.
“It’s just so hard to win the races in Sydney.
“Good two-year-olds can come along form the other states but as a group Sydney is usually the benchmark and that seems to be the case this year.”
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