This Saturday at Doomben Racecourse a number of notable Gold Coast Magic Millions Day lead-ups will take place including the Vo Rogue Plate 2013 for Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hopes.
One of two Group races on the program, the $150,000 Group 3 Brisbane Racing Club Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) has drawn a good sized field of 15 three-year-olds.
The majority of the Vo Rogue acceptors are using the set weights clash as a trial for the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) on January 11.
The form line is a mixed one however with last year’s Vo Rogue Plate winner Lucky Hussler only managing to run 11th in the MM Guineas a fortnight later.
Magic Millions Guineas winner Saluter meanwhile also came via the Vo Rogue having run a credible fourth, while Sizzling finished runner-up in both races.
Among those racing on the weekend are three single figure hopes in the pre-field Magic Millions Guineas 2014 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Futures markets on the lucrative restricted race are led by the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo Sweet Idea ($5) and Aussies Love Sport ($5.50).
On the third line of betting is then Vo Rogue runner Enquare at $8.50.
This weekend the Jason McLachlan-trained galloper has barrier 10 with Jim Byrne aboard as they shoot for their fourth consecutive victory.
Back in the winter they won a Listed 1400m race at Eagle Farm, resuming four months later to win back-to-back Doomben races this time in.
Most recently they posted another stakes success with Byrne guiding them to a narrow win in the Listed Beach House Bar Mode Plate (1200m) on December 7.
Also under $10 in Magic Millions Guineas betting are fellow Vo Rogue hopes Into The Red ($9) for Kelso Wood and Shiraz Attack ($9.50) who is prepared by the Gold Coast’s Gillian Heinrich.
Not A Single Doubt colt Into The Red also comes off a last start win at the track having held on in a close finish with Choose A Saga to take out the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) a fortnight ago.
Shiraz Attack meanwhile won two on the trot before a close third over 1500m at Eagle Farm on November 23, the Oratorio filly up in class but down in distance here.
The other notable Magic Millions 3YO Guineas-bound horses in the mix on Saturday then include Liam Birchley’s dual Group 3 winner Missy Longstocking coming off a Mode Plate who was third in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic last summer, Bel Esprit gelding Architect who was blocked for a run in the gold Edition Plate when ninth and Smart Huss coming off a Gold Edition fifth when beaten just a length in their second career run following a 1300m Eagle Farm win from November.
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2013 Vo Rogue Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 7 – 4:05pm (local) – 28/12/2013
|1||8031787×19||ARCHITECT||David J Lawlor||–||9||57kg||73|
|2||6x170x21||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||15||57kg||80|
|3||34453×1594||DALTON||Bryan Guy||Michael Cahill||14||57kg||71|
|4||65x4134x42||CHOOSE A SAGA||Stewart Mackinnon||Eddie Wilkinson||8||57kg||74|
|5||911×618||RUDY||Helen Page||Larry Cassidy||4||57kg||75|
|6||1571143×57||YOU DID WHAT||Len Treloar||–||13||57kg||67|
|7||8×03212912||CASINO BENJO||John Pointon||Adrian Coome||12||57kg||70|
|8||0021×1||NEPTUNE PALACE||Danny J Bougoure||Craig Newitt||2||57kg||64|
|9||08×413||GUNDY SPIRIT||Tony Gollan||Ryan Wiggins||7||57kg||66|
|10||22×310||ROYAL SCRIBE||David Kelly||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||3||57kg||64|
|11||15||SMART HUSS||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||Ric McMahon||6||57kg||65|
|12||x4191x1193||MISSY LONGSTOCKING||Liam Birchley||Damian Browne||5||55kg||95|
|13||5x10321x11||ENQUARE||Jason McLachlan||Jim Byrne||10||55kg||88|
|14||x7240x1112||SPLENDORA||Matthew Dunn||Glen Colless||1||55kg||79.5|
|15||26×2113||SHIRAZ ATTACK||Gillian Heinrich||Timothy Bell||11||55kg||72|