Described by her trainer Gerald Ryan as a “dead set blinker horse” the addition of the blinders helped give Aerobar the winning edge in the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO Stakes 2014 in Sydney today.
The three-year-old daughter of Flying Spur enjoyed her second win of the season and looks on track for a trip to the Gold Coast next month after flashing home for an upset result in the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3YO Stakes (1200m).
Kiwi expat James McDonald had the ride on the $16 outsider and as was the plan he took her up on the speed early behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Echo Gal.
Tommy Berry’s mount Echo Gal was having her first run since a fifth to First Seal in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 4 and, after flying out of the gates, drove through to hit the lead looking to go all-the-way and salute for the punters.
Hard to get past, as so many of Waterhouse’s horses are, Echo Gal and Berry couldn’t quite hang on after McDonald and the eventual winner moved up to really challenge over the final 200m putting the pressure on.
Having sat second throughout and approaching the turn, Aerobar went with the leader into the straight before getting in front with 100m left to travel and win pulling away in a nice effort.
“She gave a good kick,” McDonald said.
“We were just too good on the day and hopefully she’ll go forward from here and be competitive.”
In a photo for second and third Echo Gal ($2.40) was able to hold off the Bjorn Baker-trained Cyclone ($11) who Blake Shinn rode from dead last to finish in the money, the Sebring gelding relishing a step back in distance from 1400m.
Aerobar meanwhile was last seen running dead last at Rosehill on November 29 when over 13 lengths away eighth behind Harrier Jet in a Benchmark 71.
Ryan is still at a loss to explain what happened that day, but believes the way she was ridden had something to do with it and that she was definitely a filly that appreciated being able to roll along like McDonald allowed her to do at Wyong.
“I can’t understand Rosehill,” he said post-Wyong win.
“She vetted out good after…trialled really well and her work has been good since.
“She is a dead set blinker horse, I just took too long to put them on her.
“She’s a filly that has to roll along.”
While many of her rivals are eyeing a run in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast Racecourse on January 10, Ryan has ruled out that race over more distance for Aerobar.
Instead he will keep her to the sprint features and take her up there for the $200,000 Magic Millions Open Sprint (1100m).
“If she goes to the Gold Coast, after the other day, she’s a sprint horse not a horse that will run 1400 metres,” he said.
“The Magic Millions has been terrific for me and Wyong’s been a lucky track for me.”
The bookies are still keeping her safe in 2015 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas betting however as Aerobar sits as an $11 fancy in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Hijack Hussy ($4.80).
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2014 Wyong Magic Millions 3YO Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Wyong Race 4 – 18/12/2014
|1||9||AEROBAR BO||Gerald Ryan||James McDonald||–||5||54.5kg||$16|
|2||6||ECHO GAL||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1.3L||2||54.5kg||$2.30F|
|3||1||CYCLONE||Bjorn Baker||Blake Shinn||1.5L||3||56.5kg||$9.50|
|4||4||CHOICE WE HAD||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||1.6L||1||56.5kg||$2.80|
|5||2||MURT THE FLIRT||Brendan McCarthy||Brenton Avdulla||1.7L||7||56.5kg||$6|
|6||10||QUEEN OF KARIBA||John Sargent||Sam Clipperton||2.9L||8||54.5kg||$11|
|7||5||TAMMANY HALL||Anthony Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||4L||9||56.5kg||$31|
|8||8||KOKOMO B||Paul Perry||Paul King||4.5L||6||54.5kg||$41|
|9||3||NEXT LEVEL||Gary Portelli||Tye Angland||7.6L||4||56.5kg||$26|
|–||7||TETSUKO||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||–||0||–||–|