With the 2013 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) now just nine days away, the cream is starting to rise to the top and things have become more clear following the latest order of entry.
At the top of the tree for the $2 million two-year-old race is Queensland filly Missy Longstocking who has collected nearly $200,000 in prizemoney from her four unbeaten starts.
While many had doubts about the Brisbane-based youngster, she silenced her critics on the weekend when emerging from midfield to put away a quality field of juveniles in the BJ McLachlan Stakes.
“We wanted to try riding her a bit more quietly to cover a few scenarios,” Trainer Liam Birchley said of the win.
“I think she showed today she is quite versatile and can handle being ridden anywhere.”
Also towards the top end of the order of entry are favourite Assail who is unbeaten from two starts and Victorian filly I’m Too Sexy who won the Clockwise Classic at Ballarat first-up but will have to bounce back from a disappointing BJ McLachlan Stakes 11th.
Others guaranteed a start int he 16-horse field inclue Queensland colt Sir Luminar, Gai Waterhouse-trained pair Sweet Idea and Certitude, unbeaten gelding Clevadude and Warrnabmbool colt Ticket To Toorak.
The field is always tough to get into and many horses may have to win this weekend to acquire enough prizemoney to scramble into the top 16.
Fortunately for many just outside, some inside the first 16 have already withdrawn such as Champagne Cath while Whittington is also an unlikely starter.
The Magic Millions Classic will take place on January 12 on a bumper Gold Coast card that also features the $1 Magic Millions Guineas.
Magic Millions Classic 2013 – Order Of Entry
|3||I’m Too Sexy||$122,000|
|9||Change of Honour||$57,000|
|12||Ticket to Toorak||$54,000|
|17||Choose a Saga||$43,000|
|23||He’s a Ladies Man||$32,000|
|31||Aussies Love Sport||$16,750|
|35||Don’t Mean Maybe||$13,900|
|39||Bar Queen Jojo||$10,500|
|41||Star Wars (NZ)||$8,350|
|46||Women Be Shopping||$6,500|
|48||In the Sky Rocket||$6,000|
|53||Ziggies Dance (NZ)||$4,000|
|55||No Boys Allowed||$3,500|