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Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Fast Clip heads a 13-horse field for the $330,000 2013 Magic Millions Cup (1400m) which will take place at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The son of Snippetson will be running first-up and will carry the topweight of 59kg from barrier eight with Tommy Berry aboard.
Fast Clip was restricted to just one start during the spring but showed his quality last autumn when winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude and finishing fifth in the Doncaster Mile.
Phelan Ready is still trying to record his first victory since winning the 2009 Golden Slipper but has his work cut out after drawing barrier 13.
The Jason McLachlan-trained gelding has been successful for his owners but not so for punters in recent times, finishing in the minor placings in his three most recent starts.
He went within a short head of defeating Startsmeup in the George Moore Stakes on December 8 and was respectable when third in the Lough Neagh Stakes.
Local hope Startsmeup has been targeted at the event for some time and has been in impressive form this preparation, winning the George Moore Stakes, finishing fourth in the Lough Neagh Stakes and running third in the Goldmarket Handicap.
Out to record a second straight victory is Goldmarket Handicap winner Biggles who will attempt to mirror the feat of Spirit Of Boom who achieved a Goldmarket-Magic Millions Cup double last year.
But jockey Tim Bell will have to be at his best to guide him into a winning position after the Noel Doyle-trained gelding received an unfavourable barrier 11 draw.
Others in the Magic Millions Cup field include fellow Doyle-trained galloper Celtic Dancer, Robert Heathcote’s pair Sons Of God and Gundy Son and in-form gelding Steel Zip.
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Magic Millions Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||4x36159x6x||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||9||59kg||104|
|2||743506×223||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Damian Browne||13||58.5kg||103|
|3||x13110x143||STARTSMEUP||Gillian Heinrich||Michael Rodd||10||58kg||102|
|4||00630×2890||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||James McDonald||4||57.5kg||101|
|5||1563507×12||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||Brad Stewart||8||57kg||100|
|6||x060x61221||BIGGLES||Noel J Doyle||Timothy Bell||11||55.5kg||97|
|7||1610×60969||CELTIC DANCER||Noel J Doyle||TBA||5||54.5kg||95|
|8||53840×6826||GUNDY SON||Robert Heathcote||Ryan Wiggins||12||54kg||91|
|9||18130×4487||BOYS ON TOUR||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||3||54kg||85|
|10||1124x10x30||STRATFORD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jason Taylor||7||54kg||85|
|12||4×32223212||SONS OF GOD||Robert Heathcote||Michael Cahill||1||54kg||81|
|13||79315×0224||CROSS OF GOLD||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||6||54kg||71.5|
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