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Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winning mare Driefontein will return to the Gold Coast in January for her fourth consecutive year targeting the Magic Millions Cup 2015.
The talented daughter of Fastnet Rock has contested races on Magic Millions Race Day at the Gold Coast Racecourse for the past three years and returns this summer on January 10 for a shot at the $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m).
Two years ago she continued an ace start to her career backing up from a three length win at Randwick on debut and a Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) victory at Doomben to retain her undefeated status in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in 2012.
Sixth in that year’s Golden Slipper behind star stable mate Pierro in her first loss, Driefontein went through a lengthy drought when racing competitively but unable to enter the winners’ stall for a long 19 months.
That included her second Magic Millions appearance at the Gold Coast in January last year when a devastatingly close third behind Saluter (1st) and Sizzling (2nd), defeated just a quarter length in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m).
Her next win came in September that year first-up at Rosehill in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m), Driefontein going on to win the $200,000 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Quality (1300m) four runs later in January this year.
Tommy Berry guided her to victory that day in a brave effort from the mare who carried a hefty 61kg to victory.
Since then Drifontein has had hit and miss form but she did become a Group 1 winner in Adelaide when beating home the defending champ Platelet in the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville in April.
Most recently the now five-year-old was seen weakening late after showing good early speed to finish five and a half lengths away 10th behind Terravista in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 8.
Waterhouse sent her for a short break after that run and is hoping for a successful return for the Magic Millions Cup in four weeks.
Driefontein put in a pleasing trial on Monday according to Waterhouse’s Racing Manager Adrian Bott in the perfect Magic Millions lead-up he told the Racing Network.
“She trialled very well yesterday and she loves to go on the road – she does so well when she travels,” he said.
Driefontein will be joined by a host of fellow Waterhouse-trained stable mates on the road to the Gold Coast next year with a couple of youngsters to be aimed at this year’s Classic and Guineas.
“We’ll probably have a few two-year-olds and a couple of three-year-olds and we’ll be working that out and finalising the team in the next few weeks,” Bott said.
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