The closing Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival meeting is this Saturday’s Ballarat Cup Day program featuring three major features including the Magic Millions 3YO Classic 2014.
Due to jump as Ballarat Race 4 at 2:10pm (AEDT) this year’s edition of the lucrative $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO Classic (1100m) features a final field of 12 three-year-old Magic Millions graduates.
Magic Millions 3YO Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is led by clear favourite Reigning Meteor drawn in barrier eight and paying $3 to win.
The Matthew Williams-trained Northern Meteor colt from Warrnambool won over 1100m two back at Ararat and was last seen running at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
In that November 4 showdown the promising ATB-owned youngster finished a credible fourth behind Risen From Doubt in the $100,000 Schweppes #FlemingtonFling (1000m), an effort the bookmakers are tipping him to improve on over an extra 100m at Ballarat on the weekend.
It is a fairly open market with four other single figure hopes with:
- #7 I’m A Flying Star ($7) – Rails-drawn Starcraft filly from the Mornington stables of Mark Riley, she hasn’t won since a 213m maiden against her own kind in August but improved on some disappointing form when third to The Ultimatum over 1250m at Morphettville last start. Group 2 performed at Flemington in the Edward Manifold over 1600m when eighth to Fontein Ruby and this is an easier assignment over less distance.
- #9 Boundary ($8) – Heath Conners-trained Manhattan Rain filly has had just the one start when winning on debut at Geelong on November 8 over 1318m, drops back in distance second-up so whether that’s the right move remains to be seen as she failed to finish better than fourth in six trials from September last year through to October this year before her first-up effort over the shorter distances (795m – 1050m).
- #5 Crinklecut ($8.50) – Dwayne Dunn, replacing apprentice Luke Londregan, has the ride from a nice barrier three draw on this Wanted gelding who races third-up following a win over 1107m at Kilmore from November 11 from the same barrier.
- #12 Wild Rain ($9.50) – Mark Kavanagh-trained Manhattan Rain filly debuted at Sandown over 900m back in June and was a disappointing seventh. Sent back out to mature and goes first-up into this without a trial so how she’s travelling is a bit of a mystery.
Just outside of those Ballarat Magic Millions 3YO Classic hopes under $10 are the likes of Shane Nichols’ Group 3 performed I Am The General ($10), market mover Lock And Load ($11) coming off a win over this distance from October 29 and debutant Murt The Flirt ($11) out to make a good first-up impression for Caulfield trainer Brendan McCarthy.
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2014 Magic Millions 3YO Classic Field & Betting