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The horse that blew futures Magic Millions Classic 2012 betting right out last month, Brisbane-based Noogoora Burr has continued to drift out in the markets for Saturday after their disappointing last-start effort was coupled with an awkward barrier draw for the Gold Coast clash.
The David Lawlor-trained Royal Academy two-year-old who won on debut at Eagle Farm on a Heavy (8) track back in October, burst into Magic Millions calculations on December 17 when they claimed an upset stakes win at the same track.
Noogoora Burr shook-up the Luxbet markets on the $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) when they held on in a gritty finish to beat home one-time MM Classic favourite Sizzling in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1000m).
They failed to repeat the same type of performance next-up, however, when they finished seven and a half lengths away fifth to new Magic Millions Classic top elect Dreifontein in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 31.
Noogoora Burr, a $37,000 MM yearling purchase, is owned by trainer David’s brother Peter Lawlor and his wife Lyn, and has already won an incredible $99,000 in prize money.
Lawlor’s prayers for a favourable inside Magic Millions barrier draw for Saturday went unanswered earlier this week, the gun youngster coming up with gate 12 for their big assignment.
They will come into barrier 10 if the emergencies don’t gain a start, however, which gives connections some hope.
The last Magic Millions Classic winner to start from gate 10 was Gai Waterhouse’s Excellerator back in 2001.
Peter Lawlor remains optimistic that a top three finish is achievable on Saturday, despite the draw.
“It could’ve been better,” he said in regards to the gate.
“But it’s not too bad.”
Instructions to jockey Rick McMahon will be to get away quickly from the gates, swoop across to the rails and find a position five or six back before unleashing Noogoora Burr’s final gears on the home straight.
“The sprint home will be a cracker,” Lawlor said.
“He’s going brilliantly on the training track and he’ll be a bit tougher and fitter after that last run.”
In the latest Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds at Luxbet Noogoora Burr pays $26, out from $21 following the barrier draw.
Dreifontein continues to firm, the undefeated daughter of Fastnet Rock paying $3.10 to hand her trainer Waterhouse a fourth win in the Classic.
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