A capacity field has been released for the feature race on the Gold Coast this Saturday with the Gold Coast Turf Club going down to the ballot for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2015 final contenders.
Sixteen confirmed starters plus five emergencies lying in wait make up the line-up for this year’s $1,640,000 $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), the early favourite of which is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Claudia Jean.
Stephen Baster takes over from apprentice Jye McNeil who rode the Not A Single Doubt filly to victory in her debut at Flemington on December 20 when she beat home the John O’Shea-trained Bonsia by a big three and a half lengths in the Christmas Season Plate (1000m) in a smart 57.68 seconds.
Hayes & Dabernig have also accepted for Miss Idyllic with Michael Walker retaining his association with the Exceed And Excel filly.
He’s ridden her for all four of her starts so far that have produced a trio of second place finishes but no win as yet.
Fourth to Antelucan in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, Miss Idyllic comes off a second when only a neck off Ottoman at Rosehill over 1100m on December 20.
Former favourite and now second pick in the Magic Millions Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is then the Barry Mitchell-trained Brisbane galloper Wicked Intent.
The Wicked Style colt lost his spot at the top of the markets after getting beaten home by two lengths as the odd-on favourite in an upset behind Mishani Honcho in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on December 27.
Before that he won his opening three career starts including the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) at Doomben when beating home his subsequent next start conqueror Mishani Honcho by four and a quarter lengths.
He now has experience over the 1200m at the Gold Coast however and should be improving on the weekend with ace Queensland hoop jockey Chris Munce retaining the ride.
The next best in betting are then the Les Ross-trained Frequendly and Perignon from the stables of Gerald Ryan.
A winner of three of her four starts so far, Sequalo filly Frequendly from Brisbane overcame a wide barrier 10 of 10 draw last time out on New Year’s Eve to win Toowoomba’s Magic Millions 2YO Plate (1050m).
Perignon meanwhile is a Snitzel filly with two runs under her belt, the first being a fourth behind Zoutenant in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) in December before her Canterbury win on December 27 over 1200m.
Third in that same late-December run was Gary Portelli’s filly Racy who won on debut at Warwick Farm in the wet a fortnight earlier and who secured the final spot in the Magic Millions Classic field following the non-acceptance of Gai Waterhouse’s 2015 Blue Diamond hopeful Giulietta.
Kevin Moses’s Wyong Magic Millions Classic winner Zoutenant is also accepted for the Gold Coast edition this weekend looking to secure the double with Glyn Schofield staying on.
The young Zizou colt had a gun run from barrier two that day, and also drawn the inside alley for his second on debut at Rosehill earlier in the month, and so connections will be hoping for another draw close to the fence for his big test.
The next best two over the line in the Wyong lead-up are also in the mix for Saturday with the Hawkes-trained runner-up Surf Seeker and Single Gaze who ran third.
Wanted colt Surf Seeker was defeated only a nose by Zoutenant in his maiden run when drawn wide in barrier 11 of 12, Kiwi expat James McDonald to ride him again in the rematch.
Single Gaze meanwhile had the outside draw that day but was still just over a quarter-length off the winner, Nick Olive’s Canberra-based filly having won her previous start over 1100m at Rosehill on November 1 before that.
Other notable Magic Millions Classic hopes this year include the Waterhouse-trained Magic Millions Clockwise Classic winner at Ballarat Carriages back from injury, the Liam Birchley-trained Pepperano coming off a fourth to Frequendly at Toowoomba last Wednesday night, Le Chef after his third win on the trot after success at this track and distance last Saturday, and Birchely’s other hopeful Saga The Storm coming off a Doomben win from December 20.
See below for the full field and jockeys with the 2015 Magic Millions 2YO Classic barrier draw to be conducted live tomorrow morning at Surfers Paradise.
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2015 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Final Field
Gold Coast Racecourse – 10/01/2015
|1||1112||WICKED INTENT||Barry A Mitchell||Chris Munce||57kg|
|2||21||ZOUTENANT||Kevin Moses||Glyn Schofield||57kg|
|3||511||LE CHEF||Darryl Hansen||Luke Tarrant (a)||57kg|
|4||244||OLD TRIESTE||Andrew Noblet||Jim Byrne||57kg|
|5||2||SURF SEEKER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||57kg|
|6||31||CARRIAGES||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||55kg|
|7||1131||FREQUENDLY||Les Ross||Brad Stewart||55kg|
|8||13||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Damien Oliver||55kg|
|9||1||FLAMENCO||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||55kg|
|10||2422||MISS IDYLLIC||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||55kg|
|11||41||PERIGNON||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||55kg|
|12||21×6||MADOTTI||Matthew Dunn||Timothy Bell||55kg|
|13||31||SAGA OF THE STORM||Liam Birchley||Robert Thompson||55kg|
|14||1||CLAUDIA JEAN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||55kg|
|15||14||PEPPERANO||Liam Birchley||Damian Browne||55kg|
|16||13||RACY||Gary Portelli||Joshua Parr||55kg|
|17e||127||FLAMENCO GIRL||Danny J Bougoure||TBA||55kg|
|18e||235||RIGHT OF WAY||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||55kg|
|19e||22||REAL GOOD||Trevor Miller||TBA||57kg|
|20e||253||STAR OF NIGHT||David Kelly||TBA||55kg|
|21e||33545||WICKED INVESTMENT||Paul Butterworth||TBA||57kg|