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Trainer Tony Gollan is confident his filly Hijack Hussy can get the job done for the punters in Saturday’s 2015 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast with the favourite to appreciate the step back up in distance.
The Hussonet three-year-old leads the Ladbrokes.com.au markets at $3.60 to win the $1 million Jeep Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) this weekend, Hijack Hussy undefeated over the distance.
She’s had two previous 1400m runs for two back-to-back wins during the spring.
The first was at the Gold Coast in an open handicap for three-year-olds on October 4 where she overcome barrier 10 of 11 before travelling interstate for the first time for her three-quarter length victory in the Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day a month later.
Her impressive Cup Day effort saw Hijack Hussy jump favourite in her next two runs back in Queensland, but dropping down in distance for those two starts didn’t suit.
First she went to Doomben on December 6 for the Listed Mode Plate (1200m) when third to Savoureux and then she ran at the Gold Coast again on December 27 to cross a long-neck away second to Mywayorthehighway in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m).
Gollan now knows there are no excuses as she gets back up to her pet distance this weekend, Hijack Hussy also securing her Magic Millions 3YO Guineas favouritism with an ideal barrier six draw for jockey Timothy Bell who retains the ride after Michael Rodd couldn’t make the trip due to commitments in Singapore.
“This has been the grand final all along, this is the race we have aimed her at so yes, it has been frustrating but I’ll be content with just winning this one,” Gollan told TVN on Tuesday morning.
“She is really looking for the 1400m, the 1200m and the 1300m of her past two starts have just been a touch too short.
“And now drawing a good barrier, it just ticks another box, it means we should be able to be a little closer in the run and not charging around the entire field.”
Gollan is thrilled with the condition Hijack Hussy returned to his Eagle Farm stables in on Monday after her week away at Washpool Lodge, Aratula, cooling down and working in the pool.
“The weather was quite harsh leading in to her last run and I think it took its toll on her at the Gold Coast last start,” Gollan said.
“She went out to the water walker and just had a nice easy week away from the stables.
“She is a fit horse and was in a good frame of mind when she returned.
“I was really happy with how she worked on Tuesday, she was bouncing around and all the signs are there to say she will run well on Saturday.”
Bell meanwhile plans to ride Hijack Hussy differently to last stat after trying to circle round the field in the Vo Rogue that only left her tightened for room, his confidence for the weekend boosted by the nice Magic Millions draw.
“She copped a bump shortly after the start last time and that forced us to be back further than I wanted,” he said.
“The track was playing to favour horses down the outside and I was committed to coming around them.
“From a good draw this week I’d like to think we can be midfield and weave through the field, I don’t want to be coming right around them.
“I’ve got no doubt I’m on the best horse in the race, she has an outstanding burst and can really let down with a sharp last sectional.”
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