Sydney’s Chris Waller saddles-up a number of top chances on the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day program this weekend in Queensland including narrow favourite Amovatio in the 2015 Magic Millions Stayers Cup.
Due to jump at 12:45pm (local) as Race 2 on Saturday, this year’s $200,000 Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) features a capacity field including first emergency Casaratio coming in for early withdrawal Unique.
Sitting top of the current Magic Millions Stayers Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $4.20 is the rails-drawn Amovatio in barrier one for jockey Damien Oliver.
Oliver replaces Tommy Berry in the saddle of the four-year-old Al Maher gelding who comes off four straight top two runs including a duo of wins.
Yet to step up to the 1800m or race at the Gold Coast, Amovatio was impressive at Canterbury last start when defeating Scream Machine by three quarters of a length on December 27 in the $85,000 December Handicap (1550m).
He carried only 54.5kg that day however and so will need to be improving going up two kilos to 56.5kg on Saturday, which is the second heaviest weight after the 59kg topweight Tinto who is also drawn in the outside barrier.
Two other runners are hot on Amovatio’s heels in Magic Millions Staying Cup betting including the Rex Lipp-trained Group 1 winning mare Tinto.
She’s got time to overcome the wide gate and is deserving of the heavy kilos after carrying 58kg to victory with Timothy Bell, retaining the ride this weekend, last start at Toowoomba on New Year’s Eve in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1625m).
Winner of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) as a three-year-old last winter, the now four-year-old Red Dazzler mare also has winning form over Saturday’s distance and hasn’t finished out of the money this campaign with her other starts before the Bernborough being a Tattersalls’s Classic second and Just Now Handicap third.
Tinto pays $5.50 to win again this weekend, an equal price with fellow last start winner Our Boy Nicholas for local Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds.
A four-year-old More Than Ready stallion, Our Boy Nicholas was last seen at the Sunshine Coast on Boxing Day winning a Class 6 Plate over a mile by two and a quarter lengths with 55kg, a kilo more than his allocation this weekend where he shoots for his first win at his home track when up over further than 1600m for the first time.
The other two single-figure hopes in the Magic Millions Stayers Cup markets are then Off The Rails ($6) and Danas Best ($7) both drawn in double-digit barriers.
Consistent Sntizel four-year-old Off The Rails is prepared in Sydney by Bjorn Baker and was last seen running second over 1900m at Rosehill on December 20 while the Gai Waterhouse-trained Danas Best, ninth to Seville in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in October last year, ran fourth over 1500m at the same meeting.
At longer odds but still with claims are then the likes of Liam Birchley’s trio of: grey galloper Black Jet ($15), Goldslick ($17) coming off a win at the track and distance on a Soft (7) course from December 27 on the back of a fourth in the Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Doomben, and Royal Jester ($17) to be ridden by the retiring Chris Munce.
See below for the full Magic Millions Stayers Cup 2015 odds, betting open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where by placing a minimum $5 bet on any race at the Gold Coast on Saturday you could win shares in a two-year-old filly trained by Peter Moody!