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The futures price on the David Hayes-trained Gracious Prospect to win the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas 2014 on the Gold Coast next month has shortened following their weekend victory at Flemington.
A son of Tale Of The Cat, the three-year-old colt was a $35 chance to win the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) before the weekend.
They have now firmed into a $26 shot at the January 11 feature in Queensland after winning the first at Flemington on Saturday – the $80,000 Primacy Handicap (1420m).
Coming off a narrow second over the same distance at Caulfield, Gracious Prospect enjoyed a two kilo weight claim from apprentice hoop Katelyn Mallyon who took them to the front soon after jumping.
That two kilos could very well have been the winning difference as the frontrunner held on and had just a long neck to spare over the $3.90 favourite Star Beauty (53kg) on the line after earlier opening up to a two length lead at the top of the straight.
In third just half a length off the winner was then the Peter Snowden-trained Adirondack who jumped at $6 the same as Gracious Prospect.
Hayes had made it clear pre-race that his horse needed to perform well to earn their trip to the Gold Coast.
And true to his word post-race the trainer’s assistant Bruno Roughe-Serret confirmed 2014 Magic Millions Guineas plans for Gracious Prospect who was there on the Gold Coast last summer when seventh to Real Surreal in the 2YO Classic.
“I thought he looked like he was getting a bit tired late but I knew if they got to him that he’d fight like he did at Caulfield so I was always confident, he’s all heart,” Rouge-Serret said of their weekend run to Racing Victoria.
“I don’t think the Gold Coast track will pose any dramas for him.
“He’s tough, honest and although he hasn’t won many he hasn’t been far away in a lot of good races and now he’s starting to really hit his straps.
“He ran in the Magic Millions as a two-year-old and he didn’t go too badly. He had a lot of racing as a two-year-old and it was probably the making of the horse.
“We know he’ll travel well and David has had that race in the back of his mind all preparation. He’s certainly worth taking up there.”
Futures Magic Millions 3YO Guineas odds meanwhile are led by Wyong Magic Millions Stakes winner Sweet Idea ($5) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Aussies Love Sport ($5.50) who hasn’t raced since their third behind Eurozone in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) back in late September.
Also Magic Millions Guineas bound after a Flemington win on Saturday is the Robert Smerdon-trained Salute To Jude.
Before Saturday they were a $51 roughie in the pre-field Guineas odds.
That price has been smashed into $13 after they took out the $100,000 Fiesta Star Handicap (1200m) over Innocent Hero and Oltre Finito.
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