Australia’s leading Group 1 winning trainer for the season Chris Waller is gearing up for a big day’s racing at the Gold Coast on Saturday with the stable represented by favourites in a number of the feature races including Champagne Cath in the 2015 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap.
Waller’s staying hopefuls Strawberry Boy and Amovatio lead the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for the Magic Millions Cup and Magic Millions Stayers Cup respectively, and stablemate Champagne Cath is also shaping up as the one to beat in the $200,000 R.M. Williams Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m).
Running as Race 3 at 1:25pm (local), this year’s Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap field will run at a capacity 16 starters with four-year-old Street Sense mare Champagne Cath to carry the number one saddlecloth from barrier six, possibly into five with the three emergencies out.
She pays $3.50 in the latest Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap betting markets with Hugh Bowman booked for the ride on the equal 59kg top weight.
Bowman replaces Blake Shinn in the saddle of the lightly-raced mare who lines up for her 12th start following a first-up second to Haussman over 1300m in a restricted race at Rosehill from December 20.
Champagne Cath steps out over the distance for the second time then and has class as proven by her third to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick 11 months ago.
She is followed in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap odds by just two other single figure hopes with Tukiyo ($5.50) and Stolen Kiss ($7) before Miss Husson pays $10 to go back-to-back.
Lacey Morrison’s Toowoomba-trained Haradasun mare Tukiyo has won two of her past four starts and also ran fourth to Brook Road in the Listed Tattersall’s Classic (1200m) at Doomben on November 29.
Stolen Kiss meanwhile is out wide in the third widest gate, the Queanbeayan-based daughter of Mossman coming off back-to-back seconds including last time out at Rosehill on Decenmber 20 in a Benchmark 80 against her own kind.
Miss Husson, the first of the double-figure hopes for this Saturday’s feature, is prepared locally by Bruce Hill and has a gun gate two draw as she shoots for her second on teht rot after a first-up victory over 1350m at Ipswich on Christmas Eve.
Just outside of these are then three $11 shots with Danny Bougoure’s returning track specialist Anna Lizzie in the outside barrier, Bradbury’s Luck five-year-old Avaladyluck also drawn wide with barrier 14 and the second emergency Loveitt who the bookies are taking no chances with.
Gai Waterhouse’s prepares smart three-year-old Sebring filly Loveitt who needs two scratchings to take on the older rivals in the Magic Millions F & M race this weekend on the back of a good fourth when only three-quarters off Mywayorthehighway in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at the track on December 27.
Other notable hopes then include Todd Austin’s consistent Tattersall’s Classic third placed six-year-old Playtime ($13), Endless Shadow ($21) and the local Gillian Heinrich-trained Purrealist mare Pure Reality ($21).
Check out the full Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap 2015 odds below, betting open at our number one recommended and trusted bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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