Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is looking...
A juicy consolation prize of nearly $100,000 is on offer at the Sunshine Coast this Saturday for the five juveniles who failed to get a run in last weekend’s coveted Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.
The 2015 $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) featured a capacity field of 16 starters and was won in an upset by Le Chef ($16) over Pepperano ($31).
There were also five additional final acceptances that didn’t make the cut with the emergency runners: Star Of Night, Wicked Investments, Real Good, Flamenco Girl and Right Of Way.
All five were scratched with no horses coming out of the original line-up and will instead race this weekend on the other side of Brisbane in the $150,000 Coastline BMW Racing Minister’s 2YO Classic QTIS Plate (1200m) where they are exempt from ballot.
The set weights race attracted 21 nominations including the five Magic Millions Classic non-runners.
All but one of the quintet are Queensland hopefuls with: David Kelly’s Wicked Style filly Star Of Night (Gold Coast), the Paul Butterworth-trained colt by the same sire Wicked Investment (Eagle Farm), local gelding Real Good (Sunshine Coast) for Trevor Miller and the Danny Bougoure-trained Snitzel filly Flamenco Girl (Eagle Farm).
Still a maiden after three starts, Star Of Night was last seen racing at home on December 27 when third to Mishani Honcho in the Group 3 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) run on a Soft (7) course, which is the same type of conditions she’s run on in all three of her starts to date.
Wicked Investment has had two extra runs than the filly but is also yet to taste success only managing to run third in five of his runs so far.
Fifth behind Wicked Intent in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) three back, his latest start was another distant fifth when beaten over eight lengths by Frequendly in the Magic Millions 2YO Plate (1050m) at Toowoomba on New Year’s Eve.
Real Good has had just the two official starts running a length away second in both of those with the son of Real Saga looking ready to peak third-up with a 1200m start now under his belt.
After running second to Saga Of The Storm at Doomben on debut he travelled to the Gold Coast on January 3 and was runner-up behind subsequent Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner back at the track a week later Le Chef over 1200m.
Flamenco Girl meanwhile has winning form at the Sunshine Coast having won her over 1000m on debut in early November last year before her Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) second to Flamenco in mid-December and a disappointing last start seventh in the BJ McLachlan.
Sydney’s Gai Waterhouse then prepares the fifth Magic Millions Classic emergency shooting for Saturday’s $96,000 first prize with Right Of Way.
The daughter of Denman is along BJ McLachlan graduate having finished over eight lengths away fifth to upset winner Mishani Honcho in her first Queensland assignment.
BJ McLachaln Stakes winner Mishani Honcho meanwhile is one of the headliners in the Sunshine Coast showdown this weekend.
A winner of three of his five starts, the Les Ross-trained Jet Spur gelding won the Group 3 on the back of a 10th at Doomben and is a horse that appreciates the give out of the ground.
The other big name in the nominations is then Liam Birchley’s Court Command filly Pepperano who more than did her job as a $31 roughie in the MM Classic last Saturday when putting in the run of the race to finish three quarters of a length away second to Le Chef.
The next best over the line in the Magic Millions Classic and nominated for Saturday’s race is then fourth placed Madotti, the Falvelon filly prepared at Murwillumbah by Matthew Dunn having crossed under two lengths off the winner in the $2 million feature.
A $24,500 bonus is also on offer in the Sunshine Coast race, which has a field limit of 16, to any QTIS registered winner.
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