Trevor Miller’s Real Good may have missed out on a spot in the field for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday but the trainer couldn’t be happier with his form ahead of his next start at the Sunshine Coast.
Real Good was the third emergency for the 2015 Magic Millions Classic yet even though he missed his chance to run, the gelding still got some good news from the race.
His form has held up after Le Chef won the feature race seeing as he finished runner-up to the Darryl Hansen-trained gelding in the First National Handicap (1200m) on January 3, missing out by one length.
“He dropped the bit at about the 600 metres,” Miller told Sky Racing.
“But he got going again and kept chasing. Real Good was taking ground off Le Chef at the finish.
“I was tempted to add blinkers to him before the Gold Coast run and when his jockey Michael Cahill came back to scale he said Real Good needed them now.
“We worked him in blinkers on Tuesday morning and he went really well.
“Like many of the Real Saga breed he looks to have improved with blinkers on.”
Real Good will next be seen in the $150,000 Racing Minister’s 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday. He has unfortunately drawn the outside gate but as was seen at the Gold Coast last Saturday, this isn’t always a deal breaker.
In hindsight, Miller admitted that missing the Magic Millions Classic could be a blessing in disguise as Real Good is now well rested.
“Le Chef is obviously a very good horse and we showed we are not far off him,” he said.
“The Gold Coast race was only seven days before the Magic Millions and he has now had an extra week off.
“He has done very well and I would be disappointed if he didn’t race well.”
With two bonus payments from the QTIS scheme and Magic Millions offered in the 2015 Racing Minister’s Classic, boosting the winner’s potential overall prize money to $220,000, the race is a highly lucrative one.
Real Good will face some tough competition in the form of Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) winner Mishani Honcho, who will jump from barrier seven, and Magic Millions Classic runner-up Pepperano, who’ll start one gate in.
Pepperano delivered a cheeky result at the Gold Coast on Saturday, coming home second after finding herself three-deep early. Connections pocketed a cool $400,000 for her efforts and the filly is sure to be race favourite when the Racing Minister’s 2YO Classic betting opens at Ladbrokes.com.au.