After a number of promising runs this past spring, trainer David Hayes’ will run his in-form colt Gracious Prospect in Melbourne this Saturday as they prepare for a possible Magic Millions Guineas 2014 run at the Gold Coast next month.
The $1 million sunshine state major could be on the cards for the Tale Of The Cat three-year-old who Hayes is hoping can step out with a win at home in the first at Flemington this weekend.
Drawn in gate two of 10, Gracious Prospect is the current $4.20 favourite to win the $80,000 Primacy Handicap (1420m).
They come into the race on the back of a devastatingly close second when defeated a whisker by Countersnip at Caulfield over the same distance on November 30 when carrying 59.5kg.
While they’re allocated the equal 60kg top weight this weekend with the Peter Snowden-trained Adirondack ($5.50) who is after their third straight win, Gracious Prospect will carry only 58kg with apprentice hoop Katelyn Mallyon making a two kilo claim.
“He’s only a one-time winner and with 60kg I’d prefer to go with a claim. Katelyn (Mallyon) was kind enough to come up to Euroa and ride a bit of work last week so I thought I’d give her a reward,” Hayes told Racing Victoria.
If all goes to plan and the youngster steps up to the plate then it will be all systems go to the Gold Coast on January 11 for a shot at the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m).
“If he can win or be very close then he’ll go to the Gold Coast,” Hayes said.
“He’s thrived since his last run and he’s a very tough horse who just gets better as the preparation goes on.”
Futures Magic Millions Guineas odds are already out at Ladbrokes.com.au with Sweet Idea, running in the Wyong Magic Millions Stakes this afternoon, the $4.80 favourite.
Gracious Prospect meanwhile is further down the markets at a quote of $35, a price likely to firm a little if they salute for the punters in Melbourne this weekend.
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