The Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2014 at the Gold Coast Saturday week is still on the agenda for the Tony Gollan-trained Vienna Royale despite the young colt’s last two unplaced runs.
A big five and a half length winner on debut at Doomben back in October, the son of Falvelon has been well fancied for a shot at the lucrative $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic (1200m) on January 11 this summer.
However after two below par efforts this time in there have been doubts in trainer Gollan’s mind as to whether they should press onto the Gold Coast classic.
First-up on December 14 the two-year-old was well beaten when they jumped away from the barriers slowly, hung out during the race and eventually finished a distant eighth beaten 11 lengths by the winner Bassillique in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1010m).
The disastrous run was not expected and Gollan was hoping they would bounce back on New Year’s Eve at Toowoomba in the $75,000 Brisbane Bloodstock Hopeful Plate (1000m) where they jumped the $2.25 favourite.
It wasn’t to be however as Chris Munce, taking over from Michael Cahill who’d ridden the horse for their opening two starts, guided them to a fifth behind Ramblin’ Daisy.
Immediately after the race Gollan said he would shelve Magic Millions plans and instead send Vienna Royale out to the paddock for a spell during which time they would undergo a gelding operation.
The Brisbane-based horseman has since had a change of mind however and is seriously considering still giving the juvenile a shot at Magic Millions glory.
Gollan has been re watching replays of the horse’s run in the hopeful and speaking to those in the know leading him to give the horse one more go to prove themselves.
“I know I will have to do a backflip to run him in the Millions but he is a nice two-year-old and he has pulled up well after Tuesday’s run,” he told AAP this week.
“The Hopeful run was nowhere near as bad a run as I first thought. He got a check in the straight when the winner shifted out.
“He probably should have finished third and before the check he was running on as well as any other runner.”
Current Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds are led by Unencumbered ($4.20), the Bjorn Baker-trained Sydney colt having won four of their five starts to date.
Included in their quartet of victories are the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) on December 19 and the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) just nine days later.
Vienna Royale meanwhile can be found much further down the Magic Millions Classic betting markets at a juicy quote of $26, a reasonable price considering their far from impressive efforts of late.
A final decision on a Magic Millions Classic bid for Vienna Royale will be made by Gollan over the next few days.
It’s a decision a number of other connections will be sweating on as the horse is assured of a run and their non-acceptance would open up a spot for those on the cusp of making the line-up.
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