Wyong Lead-Up for 2014 Magic Millions Classic Hope Geromayo

Melbourne’s Mick Price is eager to test the waters with his up-and-coming colt Geromayo who is on trial for a Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2014 bid next month when they line-up in the Wyong edition this afternoon.


Unencumbered (pictured) is one of the top rivals Geromayo must defeat in this afternoon's Wyong Magic Millions Classic. Photo: Steve Hart.

The $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) features just six runners this year following the early withdrawal of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Spirit Of Joy.

Early favourite is Snitzel filly Sheer Style who won the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) in the wet at Ballarat last month.

Runner-up in that race meanwhile was Charge Forward colt Geromayo who also backs up at Wyong today.

Price is hoping the youngster, a $42,500 yearling buy from the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales back in January, will be competitive in this ahead of a shot at the lucrative $2 million Gold Coast MM Classic this summer.

Futures Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au for the January 11 feature have Sheer Style as an $8 chance while Geromayo is also high up the market at a current quote of $12.

The other top chance out to earn a Gold Coast start via a top Wyong performance is then the Bjorn Baker-trained Unencumbered ($11) who jumps from barrier five this afternoon after a last start win at Randwick from December 7.

In the Ballarat Magic Millions Clockwise Classic Geromayo beat home third placed I Am The General by three quarters of a length.

The strength of that form was further boosted at Flemington last Saturday when Shane Nichols’ I Am Invincible colt I Am The General enjoyed a win down the straight defeating Chivalry.

That was an encouraging result for jockey Stephen Baster to watch as he prepares to reunite with Geromayo in the Wyong MM Classic on the weekend.

“I was quite happy to see that other horse come out and win, it franks the form from Ballarat,” Baster told Racing Victoria.

Hugh Bowman rode the colt for their fifth on debut behind Moonlight Hussler in the Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 12.

Baster then took over riding duties in the Clockwise Classic and gets another chance on them today that he is looking forward to.

“My horse has improved every run that he’s had and he’s just got to keep taking the next step,” he said.

“He’s a big, strong colt and he just keeps improving.”

At Wyong Geromayo will get another go racing the other way again too, an important thing ahead of the big one at the Gold Coast according to Baster.

“He’s a quick learner,” he said.

“I trialled him there (Ballarat) before that race and he was a bit ordinary, he hung off quite bad, but then he probably got round the turns better than anyone on the day.

“It’s good to get more experience going the other way before the main race.”

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