This Saturday Queensland’s Gold Coast Racecourse will host a crack eight race program for Jeep Magic Millions Day, one of the highlights of which will be the 2013 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.
Markets on the $1 million feature are really starting to heat up with Brisbane-based Group 1 champ Sizzling now the $4.60 favourite in the latest Magic Millions Guineas odds.
The Kelso Wood-trained Snitzel colt, beaten in a shock loss last start by fellow Guineas hopeful Lucky Hussler in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m), was originally the clear favourite for Saturday.
After a disastrous barrier 20 draw however their odds went out to $4.50.
While that price has eased again, the odds on their closest rivals in the markets have drifted even more allowing Sizzling to regain his spot at the top.
Second pick remains the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fastnet Rock filly Driefontein, protest winner of the Magic Millions Classic here 12 months ago.
Originally the co $4.50 favourite with Sizzling for the weekend after her delightful gate three draw, Driefontein is now out to $4.80 to atone for her last start defeat by She’s A Stalker when the beaten odds on favourite in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic on December 20.
The big market mover for the MM Guineas however has been another Waterhouse-trained filly, No Looking Back, who is in from $8 to $5.
The daughter of Redoute’s Choice was first past the post in the MM Classic 12 months ago but was regulated to second after the successful protest of her stablemate.
She is looking fitter than ever now however after a gutsy first-up win in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on January 1, her first appearance in nine months.
The punters are getting on the back of this form and are coming for No Looking Back who is drawn in gate five with Blake Shinn booked for the ride.
Shinn however may miss the mount after he fainted in the stewards’ room shortly after riding Cathay Lady to victory in Thursday’s Listed Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford.
“He’s stood down from tomorrow (Friday) night (at Canterbury) pending a medical assessment,” Racing NSW deputy chief steward Greg Rudolph said on Thursday.
“We’ll be progressing with that tomorrow.
“We’ll determine his engagements for Saturday but it’s doubtful he’ll be riding Saturday and Queensland stewards will be advised this evening.”
While No Looking Back is the genuine market mover the big drifter in the Guineas odds is Sizzling’s last-start conqueror Lucky Hussler, the Kent Fleming-trained local Husson colt looking for another upset after their Vo Rogue Plate success as an $11 outsider.
The only other hopeful now under $10 in the markets is then Robert Heathcote’s consistent Jet Spur gelding Heza Jetsetter at $9 who comes off an eye-catching third to Lucky Hussler in the Vo Rogue.
See below for the latest Magic Millions 3YO Guineas betting markets, prices courtesy of our preferred online sportsbook bookmaker.com.au.
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2013 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Betting Odds
Gold Coast Race 5 – 2:45pm – 12/01/13
|2||LUCKY HUSSLER (17)||12.00|
|3||NOOGOORA BURR (9)||61.00|
|5||PLATINUM STATE (15)||31.00|
|7||GRAND BUSINESS (4)||71.00|
|8||HEZA JETSETTER (12)||9.00|
|10||NO LOOKING BACK (5)||5.00|
|11||HOSS AMOR (19)||18.00|
|15||SHE’S A STALKER (1)||11.00|
|16||LADY COLOURS (6)||126.00|
|17e||ROCKY KING (7)||101.00|
|19e||HARADA BAY (16)||101.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change