2015 Magic Millions Cup Field & Barrier Draw

The $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m) is one of eight races running at the Gold Coast this Saturday as part of the Magic Millions Race Day.

Driefontein headlines the field for the Magic Millions Cup on Saturday.

Driefontein headlines the field for the Magic Millions Cup on Saturday. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

14 horses are set to tackle the middle-distance race following the scratching of Peter and Paul Snowden’s Snippets Land.

Gai Waterhouse will deliver a dual-pronged attack on the race with two of the top three rated horses – Driefontein and Spurtonic – however both remain luckless following the barrier draw.

Five-year-old mare Driefontein will jump from barrier 11 with Tommy Berry in the saddle while Spurtonic will be one gate in with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Driefontein has been hit and miss this year, finding victory in the Group 1 Sangster Classic (1200m) and second placings in the Group 2 Ripper Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) but has also finished end of the field in races such as the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) and Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).

Due to her impressive resume the mare will carry the top weight of 59.5kg, however this is the same weight she carried in the Ripper Stakes which was also over 1400m.

Five-year-old gelding Spurtonic has been lightly raced this year with just two starts to his name. After finishing dead last in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) back in March, the gelding was sent to the spelling paddock for just under seven months before returning in the Filante Handicap (1500m), where he finished fifth of seven runners.

Since then, Spurtonic has won two of his three barrier trials, showing a nice turn of foot last time on December 30.

Her chances at success in the 2015 Magic Millions Cup haven’t been made any easier but Waterhouse will be the trainer to beat on Saturday.

Chris Waller’s Strawberry Boy has scored the ideal jump from barrier one with Damian Browne to ride. The six-year-old gelding is in great form following three placings from three starts this campaign.

Strawberry Boy won the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) first up on November 6 before finishing third in both the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) and Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m). The gelding will undoubtedly be an early favourite when betting opens at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Gundy Son will back up after winning the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) last Saturday on the Gold Coast. Tony Gollan’s nine-year-old gelding proved he still has what it takes to win and will jump from barrier four with Tegan Harrison as hoop.

Last start winners The Bowler, Phelan Ready, and Saluter will all fight for their share of the $400,000 prize money.

Check out the complete field and barrier draw for the 2015 Magic Millions Cup below.

Betting markets are due to go live at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly so make sure your account is up and running to get a slice of the big action this weekend.

2015 Magic Millions Cup Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 10720×6206 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11 59.5kg 108
2 2x7200x133 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Damian Browne 1 59kg 103
3 14419x0x5x SPURTONIC Gai Waterhouse Hugh Bowman 10 58.5kg 102
4 0x0941x7x1 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Luke Tarrant (a) 2 56kg 97
5 x8002222x1 SALUTER Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 9 54kg 93
6 905×046361 GUNDY SON Tony Gollan Tegan Harrison 4 54kg 92
7 412x1322x5 HARADA BAY John, Dan & Chris Meagher Michael Cahill 13 54kg 89
8 0x5200x648 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood Chris Munce 12 54kg 85
9 521787×521 THE BOWLER Robert Smerdon Brenton Avdulla 5 54kg 80
10 61144×3732 ROMANARMA Desleigh Forster Daniel Griffin 3 54kg 78
11 230×011002 ABU BEN ADAM Pat Duff Glen Colless 8 54kg 77.5
12 4250143×14 FOXBAT Trevor Bailey TBA 6 54kg 73
13 x307676x76 Snippets Land Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 15 54kg 72
14 x307676x76 PALMERA LAD Roslyn Pratt TBA 14 54kg 71
15 8x2152x633 DOUSAICHI Trevor Bailey TBA 7 54kg 67


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