Brisbane’s Liam Birchley was quick to confirm plans to go straight into the 2014 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast with his Calaway Gal Stakes winner from the weekend Flamenco.
The two-year-old Sequalo filly went out at $7.50 odds in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Yatala Pies Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) at Doomben Racecourse for her debut run.
A nice ride from Larry Cassidy and a bit of luck in her maiden start and Flamenco held on to defeat the Danny Bougoure-trained $3.20 favourite Flamenco Girl, who came off a win at the Sunshine Coast from November 2, by a nose.
In third a further one and a quarter lengths away to finish off the trifecta was then the Ross Coveney-trained Sweet Repeat ($5.50) before a notable gap to Birchley’s fourth past the post, Sailor Gerri ($10) over five lengths off her winning stable mate.
Pleased with her debut performance on the Soft-rated track, Birchley now plans to take the eligible filly to the Gold Coast on January 10 to tackle the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).
“I have had a lot of luck with her family who all handle the wet,” he said post-win.
“She will go straight into the Magic Millions now.”
There she will face another, far more impressive Doomben winner from the weekend in Phelan Ready Stakes champ Wicked Intent.
Barry Mitchell’s colt retained his undefeated status with a third career win in the $100,000 Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) with jockey Chris Munce easing him to a barnstorming four and a quarter-length victory as the odds-on favourite.
He sits top of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds through Ladbrokes.com.au at a current quote of $3.60.
Flamenco meanwhile can be down further down those same futures markets at $21 after her winning time of 1.02.35 on Saturday was 0.8 seconds slower than Wicked Intent.
Birchley is unfazed by the time difference however believing his filly is full of improvement.
His Calaway winner joins Pepperano who is also Magic Millions 2YO Classic-bound this summer.
Pepperano occupies the second line of betting for the $2 million feature paying $8 after a big two and a half length win on debut in the $65,000 Capture The Feeling 2YO Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on November 22.
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