Sydney-based trainer Bjorn Baker is looking forward to Saturday’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2014 even more after his well backed hopeful Unencumbered scored the ideal barrier three draw.
A winner of four of their five career starts to date, Testa Rossa colt Unencumbered is set to have the run of the race in this year’s Jeep $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast with their inside alley.
They’ve been blessed by the barrier gods in all of their runs so far with barrier six being their widest draw to date.
Their latest effort, which was also their third straight win and first black type victory, saw them relish barrier one to take out the Group 3 B.J. McLachlan stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 28.
With Nathan Berry, aboard for all but one of their runs and all four of their turf triumphs, staying on and now the perfect starting position the stars are aligning according to Baker.
“That’s perfect, we should be back to get a good trail and the right run,” Baker told The Sydney Morning Herald of the barrier.
“It is one hurdle out of the way and makes me more confident going into a big race.”
The bookies have shortened Unencumbered in their latest Magic Millions Classic markets post-barrier allocations too.
The two-year-old, already a winner of $383,850 in prize money, is now the $3.80 top pick.
Only one of their rivals is also under double figures in the markets with Invisible paying $4.50 after drawing barrier seven.
While Baker was pleased with his gate, Team Hawkes were also cheering at today’s draw having indicated earlier in the week somewhere between six and eight would be ideal for their last start Canterbury winner.
Another trainer confident their horse is in with a shot at the Magic Millions Classic title this weekend after a nice barrier is Brisbane’s Danny Bougoure who will saddle up Oakleigh Girl in gate six.
The Snitzel filly once sat top of the Magic Millions Classic futures odds after winning her opening two career starts taking out the Group 3 7News Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day and then the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1010m) at home in Brisbane in mid-December.
She drew barrier six last start also but could only manage to finish two lengths away fourth behind Unencumbered in the BJ McLachlan, an effort that saw her lose steam in the Magic Millions markets.
Bougoure though is confident she can bounce back and be competitive again, the bookies seemingly agreeing with Oakleigh Girl paying $11 for Saturday.
That’s shorter than both the BJ McLachlan second and third placegetters Stroak and Sagatona who pay $13 and $15 respectively.
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