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Clarry Conners’ underrated Charge Forward filly Assail has stormed her way into contention for the summer’s richest race earning a shot at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic next month with her barnstorming victory in Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2012 in Sydney.
Arguably the country’s leading trainer of juveniles, Conners saddled-up Assail in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) quietly confident she would retain her undefeated status following her debut win at Warwick Farm back on November 10.
While she looked good at the Farm it was nothing on her sizzling Wyong performance where she ran away to put an easy three lengths on the rest of the field in a sharp time of 1:03.61.
Ridden nicely by Peter Robl Assail overcome barrier 12 of 12, and some class competitors, to score the Wyong MM Classic trophy – a performance that will see her price to win the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 12 shorten dramatically at the online bookies.
Before the victory she was paying $26 in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds, markets led by the Chris Waller-trained Champagne Cath.
Assail, a $5.50 chance at Wyong, beat home a couple of eye-catching roughies in Thursday’s all important Gold Coast lead-up with the Matthew Smith-trained Frill Seeking ($20) second three quarters ahead of Corey Brown’s mount Dream Forward ($17).
Favourites for the race were the Gai Waterhouse-trained Certitude ($3.50), an impressive five length winner on debut at Rosheill last time out, and Gerald Ryan’s previously unraced Mossman colt Dothraki ($3.10).
Both missed the start at Wyong however and got lost in the wrap around the turn finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
While small in stature there’s obviously plenty of talent, potential and heart to Assail who displayed blistering pace early in the race settling into second off a wide alley before taking up the lead and bolting it on the home straight to hit the line in outstanding fashion.
“I bought it for 40,000 at the Magic Millions and got left with 30 percent of it,” part-owner and trainer Conners said.
“She’s always been smart, she’s not real big but she’s always shown good ability.”
Conners admitted that after seeing her outside draw on paper he considered not running her and that it was Robl who convinced him she could still get the job done.
“I was thinking of not running,” he said.
“I wasn’t keen on running but Peter said ‘run her she’ll still win’.
“It’s not often jockeys are right!”
The plan is now to prepare for their Queensland assault on Gold Coast Magic Millions Day and Conners believes she has plenty of improvement in her.
“She’ll go to the Gold Coast and we’ll carry her up there so she doesn’t get hurt,” Conners half-joked.
“She’s raw this filly honestly.
“She’s had two trials and now two starts. She hasn’t done much at all.”
Conners has won the Gold Coast MM Classic once before with Mirror Mirror back in 2006 and he rates this filly, Assail, as a better horse than Mirror Mirror.
“Compare her to say Mirror Mirror and she’s a better horse than Mirror Mirror,” he said.
After the Magic Millions Classic Assail may get her chance in the world’s best race for two-year-olds, the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 6 during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“It really depends on the horse,” he said.
And if there’s any man who knows the right type to win a Slipper it’s Conners who has prepared four Golden Slipper winners with Golden Slipper winners with Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Prowl (1998) and Belle Du Jour (2000).
Robl, who will be back from a suspension in time to reunite with the “exciting filly” at the Gold Coast, was blown away with her effort on Thursday and keen to see just how far she could go.
“That was a blistering win, she drew 12 of 12, she showed blistering speed from the start,” he said
“She’s a very exciting filly.
“She’s done good time doing it and she’ll improve off the run.
“I’ve trilled her a couple of times so I’ve had a fair bit to do with her.
“This is a very special winner.
“I’ll be back form suspension a week before the Gold Coast…really looking forward to that.
“She’ll put paid to them up there as well.”
See below for the full Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic results.
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2012 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic Results & Finishing Order
Wyong Race 6 – 20/12/2012
|1||6||ASSAIL||Clarry Conners||Peter Robl||–||12||54.5kg||$5.50|
|2||12||FRILL SEEKING||Matthew Smith||Jason Collett||3L||10||54.5kg||$20|
|3||13||DREAM FORWARD||Darren Smith||Corey Brown||3.8L||9||54.5kg||$17|
|4||7||CERTITUDE||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||4.2L||3||54.5kg||$3.50|
|5||5||DOTHRAKI||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||5.6L||5||56.5kg||$3.10F|
|6||2||GRACIOUS PROSPECT||David Hayes||Nathan Berry||5.7L||2||56.5kg||$17|
|7||11||PATINAGE||Stephen Farley||Brenton Avdulla||6.6L||4||54.5kg||$61|
|8||1||REGIMENTAL PRIDE||David Payne||James McDonald||6.8L||1||56.5kg||$15|
|9||10||DON’T MEAN MAYBE||Neil Godbolt||Christian Reith||9L||8||54.5kg||$151|
|10||3||TRENT’S QUEST||Gary Portelli||Blake Shinn||9.1L||6||56.5kg||$21|
|11||4||ALWAYS TOMORROW||Paul Perry||Ronnie Stewart||10.8L||11||56.5kg||$71|
|12||9||CRAZYONYOU||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman||21.2L||7||54.5kg||$31|
|–||8||CALCATTA||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||–||0||–||–|
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