This Boxing Day at Queensland’s Gold Coast Racecourse the undefeated Tony Gollan-trained Zelady’s Night Out will head towards the Magic Millions 2YO Classic via a run in the BJ McLachlan Stakes 2015.
A total of 18 two-year-olds make up the nominations for this summer’s $150,000 Group 3 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m), which serves as a traditional lead-up to the $2.5 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) back at the track and distance on January 9.
Highest up the futures Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and entered for Saturday’s set weights clash is Myboycharlie filly Zelady’s Night Out.
After winning her opening two career starts at Doomben including the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) on December 12 by an easy margin as the odds-on favourite, she shot to second favouritism at $7 behind the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist to win next month’s restricted classic.
She travels to the Gold Coast for the first time for Saturday’s BJ McLachlan Stakes where she will look to continue the flawless start to her career.
The next best fancied 2016 Magic Millions Classic-bound juvenile nominated for Saturday is the Kelso Wood-trained Snitzel colt Nikitas.
The nicely-bred youngster debuted at Doomben on December 5 and won running away by nearly five lengths from the outside barrier 13 of 13 draw in an impressive career kick-off he’ll be looking to build on over the same distance this weekend.
A stablemate to odds-on Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite Capitalist, the fellow Team Snowden-trained Detective is another Snitzel colt entered for the BJ McLachlan.
A $15 Magic Millions Classic hope currently, Detective was runner-up to subsequent Magic Millions Wyong Classic winner Capitalist at Randwick on October 3 in the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m).
He got his fitness up ahead of his second run with a trial over 740m in Sydney on December 15 and ran second to Evacuation.
Along with Zelady’s Night Out and Nikitas other previous winners in the mix include the now Peter Robl-trained Snitzel filly Sugarparma who saluted over 900m at the Gold Coast on December 12 and Toby Edmonds’ top local hope Sundance.
Paying $17 to win next month’s MM Classic, promising I Am Invincible colt Sundance ran second to Emtevee Queen on debut on November 28 at Doomben before returning to the track to fly home in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m).
From barrier one he and jockey Jeff Lloyd controlled the race and eventually secured the black-type win by four and a half lengths in a fine effort the colt will be out to repeat when having his first official start at his home track this weekend.
Other notable BJ McLachlan Stakes chances include recent two length Ipswich winner Game Of Dreams, Bruce Hill’s filly Hidden Light coming off a second to Sugarparma at the track and Calaway Gal third placed Hidden Dragon filly River Race.
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2015 BJ McLachlan Stakes Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 26/12/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||39||COMING IN HOT||C||2||Brent Stanley|
|2||2x||DETECTIVE||C||2||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|3||01||GAME OF DREAMS||C||2||Bryan Guy|
|4||–||GOLDEN HILL||C||2||Barry Lockwood|
|5||–||GRACEFULLY CHIC||F||2||Trevor Whittington|
|6||2||HIDDEN LIGHT||F||2||Bruce W Hill|
|7||2527||MISHANI SILVA||F||2||Les Ross|
|10||324||OUR CINDERELLA||F||2||Kristie Clark-Peoples|
|12||33||RIVER RACER||F||2||Les Ross|
|14||3x||SLUMBER PARTY||F||2||Gai Waterhouse|
|17||10||THE LAST KISS||F||2||Steven O’dea|
|18||11||ZELADY’S NIGHT OUT||F||2||Tony Gollan|