Chris Waller’s in-form middle-distance galloper Strawberry Boy has opened top of the odds as clear favourite to win Saturday’s 2015 Magic Millions Cup on the Gold Coast.
One of eight restricted features on the Gold Coast race card this weekend, the lucrative $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m) originally drew 15 gallopers.
The field however is now down to 14 following the early scratching of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Snippets Land who was drawn in the far outside barrier.
Current Magic Millions Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au have Waller’s Redoute’s Choice six-year-old Strawberry Boy paying $3.70 to win after he drew barrier one with Damian Browne to ride.
The gelding however must carry the 59kg second top weight, which is two kilos more than the 57kg he carried last start on December 13 at Randwick when third behind Rudy in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m).
Before that he ran third in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill behind stablemate I’m Imposing on the back of a win in the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury in early November.
Strawberry Boy has his first look at the Gold Coast on Saturday and despite the big weight is well liked for the win.
He is followed in the Magic Millions Cup odds by four other single figure hopes with:
- #1 Driefontein ($5.50) – Gai Waterhouse’s 2012 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner on protest, the now five-year-old Fastnet Rock mare hasn’t won a race since April last year when she broke her Group 1 maiden in Adelaide taking out the Robert Sangster Stakes. Last start was a sixth behind Barbed in the Canterbury Classic on December 27 when never a winning chance with 59kg, improvement expected here despite carrying the 59.5kg topweight and no previous 1400m wins on the record. She does like the track though (3-2-0-1) and is yet to finish out of the money at the Gold Coast.
- #9 The Bowler ($6) – Robert Smerdon-trained four-year-old comes off good Melbourne form including his three-quarter length win over Paddy’s Gem in the Williamstown Handicap (Benchmark 78) over this distance at Flemington when carrying 59.5kg on January 1. Gets a little over a week between runs here but should love the step back to the 54kg minimum that puts him right in the frame.
- #4 Phelan Ready ($7) – This former star juvenile went a very, very long time without a win not having won since his Golden Slipper triumph as a two-year-old before breaking the drought at Eagle Farm over the 1400m in August. Was tested in Group 2 company in October after that for a seventh over 1100m before winning again on December 20 at Doomben over 1200m.
- #7 Harada Bay ($9.50) – Wide barrier 13 draw for this Brisbane-based gelding who hasn’t won since the winter but who has a good record over the distance (7-2-2-0) and who also boasts a previous win over the track & distance from last March. Comes off a close fifth when under two lengths off the winner Big Money in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben with 54kg and gets in on the minimum again here.
Outside those under $10 are then a host of other chances at juicer odds including the ultra-consistent Rob Heathcote-trained Saluter ($11) who ran second in all four of his wins last time in before resuming with a Sunshine Coast win on Boxing Day over Excellantes over 1200m, Gai Waterhouse’s resuming Group 1 performer Spurtonic ($13) and Into The Red ($15) for Kelso Wood.
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