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Lightly raced Magic Millions graduate Divine Service will look to retain their undefeated record and secure a 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic assignment when they race at Doomben this weekend.
The Jason McLachlan-trained Haradasun colt debuted at Eagle Farm with a 1000m win on November 23 as a $50 outsider and will be after back-to-back victories when they run in the first on Saturday.
The form of their maiden win was subsequently franked too when runner-up Ruby Soho went on to run a nice third behind current Magic Millions 2YO Classic second favourite Oakleigh Girl ($6) in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1010m) last Saturday.
The promising youngster won’t be found at anywhere near those first odds however and is the current $3 favourite to win the $50,000 Racing Retro QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1100m).
Drawn in gate two with Eddie Wilkinson retaining the ride, they face a big field of 13 rivals and are allocated the 58kg equal top weight with Stuart Kendrick’s fellow debut winner Celestial Dragon ($5.50).
McLachlan is confident he’s got a nice horse on his hands in Divine Service and is eyeing a big pay day at the Gold Coast next month.
He has a shot at the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) scheduled in on January 11, a race Divine Service pays $18 to win in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
They get a chance to shorten in those markets with a win on Saturday where they will don blinkers.
“We knew we had a nice horse but we were really thinking about him later as 1400-metre or 1600-metre type,” McLachlan told AAP this week.
“But he has gone along well and we will put blinkers on him for Saturday’s run.”
There’s no pressure however with plenty of other races further along the calendar likely to suit if the Classic doesn’t work out.
“If he doesn’t go well (on Saturday) we wouldn’t push on,” the trainer said.
“There would be other things for him later.”
Still McLachlan is actually becoming increasingly bullish over his chances in not only the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, but also the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m).
In the Guineas he’s set to be represented by his nice filly Enquare, the current $8.50 fourth favourite to win in markets led by Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions Stakes winner Sweet Idea ($4.80).
The three-year-old daughter of Stratum has won four from eight so far including two stakes races.
The most recent of those was her last start effort at Doomben on December 7 where she narrowly hung on to take out the Listed Mode Plate (1200m).
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