Gai Waterhouse’s assault on January’s Magic Millions Carnival fires up today with her flying young filly Certitude topping the markets for the traditional lead-up race, the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2012.
Due to jump as Wyong Race 6 at 4:20pm (AEST) the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) field is down to 12 hopefuls following the early scratching of the widely-drawn Calcatta.
Another undefeated filly however is flying the flag for the ladies with Waterhouse’s daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Certitude, the clear $2.70 favourite in the current Wyong Magic Millions Classic odds.
Certitude showed plenty of potential in her first official trial last month winning over 836m at Randwick by four lengths, form that continued for her debut on November 24th when she won a 2YO Fillies Plate by a blistering five lengths over 1100m at Rosehill.
She is already one of the top chances for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic (1200m) on January 12 paying $14 in markets led by the Chris Waller-trained Champagne Cath ($10), a price that is likely to firm if she is successful at Wyong this afternoon.
The bookies seem confident Certitude can win today’s feature as does jockey Tommy Berry who maintains his association with the filly.
Berry is also hoping Certitude can go all the way and win the Gold Coast MM Classic with him in the saddle which would be his third consecutive win in the summer’s premier juveniles feature following wins with Karuta Queen (2010) and the fellow Waterhouse-trained Driefontein (2011).
“She’s got to be almost winning at Wyong tomorrow to be very competitive in the Queensland race,” Berry said on Wednesday.
“It’s a very good lead-up and it looks to be one of the best fields for the Wyong race they’ve had.
“I think we’ll get a very good guide and if she can win then I’d say she’ll probably start favourite at the Gold Coast.
“I saw her the other morning just going out for a canter and she has really strengthened up and matured since her first win.”
Three of Certitude’s Wyong MM Classic rivals meanwhile are also at single-figures today with:
- #5 Dothraki ($3.50) – Gerald Ryan-trained Mossman colt makes his debut here on the back of a winning Rosehill trail over 900m plenty of hype but they need to handle the pressure and the distance
- #6 Assail ($6.50) – Extreme outside barrier to overcome for Clarry Conners’ Charge Forward filly who won her race debut at Warwick Farm back in early January before a winning trial at the same track last Friday
- #1 Regimental Pride ($9.50) – David Payne’s More Than Ready colt should get a gun run from barrier one at career start number four, the youngster having won their past two starts over this distance at Rosehill including the Rosehill Gardens Handicap last Saturday carrying 58kg – they drop to 56.5kg under the set weights today
Other longer priced hopefuls not without their claims then include the Anthony Cummings-trained Encosta De Lago filly Crazyonyou ($12) who ran a distant second to Certitude last start, Matthew Smith’s promising Sebring filly Frill Seeking ($13) and the Gary Portelli-trained Trent’s Quest ($14).
Check out the full Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds in the table below, prices courtesy of the country’s leading online sportsbook bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic Odds
Wyong Race 6 – 4:20pm (AEST) – 20/12/2012
|1||REGIMENTAL PRIDE (1)||9.50|
|2||GRACIOUS PROSPECT (2)||21.00|
|3||TRENT’S QUEST (6)||14.00|
|4||ALWAYS TOMORROW (11)||41.00|
|10||DON’T MEAN MAYBE (8)||101.00|
|12||FRILL SEEKING (10)||13.00|
|13||DREAM FORWARD (9)||21.00|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change