While co-trainer Tom Dabernig had been quietly confident about Miss Idyllic’s chances in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) this Saturday at the Gold Coast, Tuesday’s barrier draw has him backing Claudia Jean instead.
Dabernig along with David Hayes will saddle both fillies in this weekend’s capacity race as they vie for their share of the whopping $2 million in prize money. Claudia Jean will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one while Miss Idyllic drew wide in barrier 19, however the filly will come into gate 14 of 16 should the five emergencies not gain a start.
“I think you’d have to probably favour Claudia Jean (over Miss Idyllic) from that gate,” Dabernig told Sky Racing.
“We can’t complain too much with Claudia Jean in barrier one but with Miss Idyllic it makes things a little tough from out there.”
Claudia Jean opened the Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting at Ladbrokes.com.au as clear favourite following her impressive three and a half length debut win in the Christmas Season Plate (1000m) back in December but has since drifted to the second line of betting at $6.50 after Wicked Intent and Frequendly overtook the top spot at $6 each.
Miss Idyllic is a $14 shot following her wide draw yet she continues to find support following her recent form. The filly has yet to claim her first win but has scored three runner-up finishes since debuting in October.
After finishing second in the Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield, Miss Idyllic missed out on a placing in the Group 3 Airline Plate (1000m) at Flemington on November 4 by just a short head-neck. She was then a fast finishing runner-up in both the Adapt Australia Handicap (1000m) and Tab Place Multi Plate.
“She (Miss Idyllic) has got a lot more race experience, we just would have preferred to draw a bit better barrier,” Dabernig said.
“But the other horse, Claudia Jean, obviously gets the fence which is a big advantage at only her second start.”
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