2016 Magic Millions Cup Nominations Feature Fontelina

Tony Gollan’s flying middle distance sprinter Fontelina is one of the headline nominations taken for the Magic Millions Cup 2016 at the Gold Coast Racecourse on Australia’s richest race day this Saturday in Queensland.


Lough Neagh Stakes winner Fontelina is one of the top 2016 Magic Millions Cup hopes at the Gold Coast this Saturday in Queensland. Photo: Daniel Costello.

With over $10 million in prize money on offer, the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day is a supercharged Queensland Summer Racing Carnival feature and one of the day’s major support races is the Restricted Listed $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m).

The quality handicap attracted 38 early entries this season including Gollan’s Testa Rossa seven-year-old Fontelina coming off a win in the Listed Lough Neagh Handicap (1350m) at Doomben from December 12.

The veteran is yet to race at the Gold Coast, but is in flying form and looking to continue his good summer campaign.

Brisbane’s premier trainer Gollan has also nominated for Gundy Spirit who was outclassed at the track on Boxing Day when crossing nearly five lengths away 12th behind Bachman in the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m).

The Gerald Ryan-trained Goldmarket Handicap winner from Sydney Bachman is also in the mix for the Magic Millions Cup on the weekend, the four-year-old All American gelding shooting for his third win on the trot.

Two back the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) runner-up from last winter won over 1200m at Randwick.

He then bought that form to the Sunshine State once again with the narrow long neck win in the Goldmarket carrying 54kg, thriving with the light weight after carrying 61kg to victory first-up back home.

Ryan has also entered Choisir four-year-old Larebil and smart six-year-old mare Peace Force who has a good 1400m record (9-4-3-1) and who was last seen running a quarter length away third in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in late November.

Goldmarket runner-up Le Val was brave in defeat, the Snitzel gelding prepared locally by Noel Doyle and out to turn the tables on his last start conqueror in Saturday’s Magic Millions Cup rematch.

The five-year-old has had three previous Gold Coast runs for two wins and the Goldmarket second, but hasn’t won at the track since November of 2014.

A Sydney raider won last summer’s Magic Millions Cup with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Spurtonic taking out the middle distance sprint, the Flying Spur gelding back to defend his title in 2016.

Spurtonic hasn’t finished top three since the MM Cup last January however and is now prepared in Queensland by Bryan Guy.

Also inside the Magic Million Cup trifecta last year was the Chris Waller-trained runner-up Strawberry Boy, another galloper who returns in 2016 off some disappointing form.

He was last seen running eighth in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) at Randwick on Boxing Day, but did finish under a length away fourth to Stratum Star in last September’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) so has enough class on his day for a big run on Magic Millions Day.

Brisbane’s Robert Heathcote has two livewire hopes in the mix with returning eight-year-old Riva De Lago and six-year-old Saluter.

Commands gelding Saluter ran second to Fontelina in the Lough Neagh two back before a brave fourth in the Goldmarket on December 26 he’ll be out to improve on.

Other notable Magic Millions Cup hopes this season include Pat Duff’s Keith Noud winner Steel Zip looking to atone for his failed Lough Neagh run, last October’s Sale Cup runner-up Harada Bay and Illustrious Lad last seen running fourth to Flippant in the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes on December 17.

See below for the full Magic Millions Cup 2016 nominations, final acceptances closing on Wednesday at 9am (AEST).

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2016 Magic Millions Cup Nominations

Gold Coast Racecourse – 09/01/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 4x1x09x089 ABU BEN ADAM G 5 Pat Duff 77
2 9x29151x20 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT G 5 Peter Robl 95
3 6x73026x11 BACHMAN G 4 Gerald Ryan 97
4 x73420x325 BALIGARI G 5 Lloyd Kennewell 86
5 68x32401x8 BOLD CIRCLE G 4 David Payne 78
6 0x565x890x BULL POINT H 5 David Vandyke 97
7 1x10222x48 ELLE LOU M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 76
8 36×8042310 EYE THE WORLD G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 69
9 47000×5931 FONTELINA G 7 Tony Gollan 106
10 35528×5337 GRACIOUS PROSPECT G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 94
11 1340×74240 GUNDY SPIRIT G 5 Tony Gollan 90
12 9×73433225 HARADA BAY G 6 John, Dan & Chris Meagher 89
13 x114441x34 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 4 Peter Gelagotis 83
14 11427217×5 KALANDULA M 5 Bruce W Hill 83
15 115200×239 KARAKUCHI M 5 Matthew Dale 74
16 3x0550x512 LAREBIL G 4 Greg Ryan 57
17 13x1145x43 LE CORDON BLEU G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 78
18 2x1152x862 LE VAL G 5 Noel Doyle 90
19 78x2231x12 LIBERATION H 4 Barry Lockwood 76
20 167x46136x LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 113
21 53122×84 MANOEUVRING G 4 Tony McEvoy 69
22 1525×33954 MISS COVER GIRL M 4 Kelly Schweida 91
23 x21214x716 MISTER BOOZE G 4 David Murphy 78
24 5x12293x13 MURT THE FLIRT G 4 Brendan McCarthy 84
25 058354×041 OPEN BOOK G 5 Joseph Pride 77
26 112x21x293 PEACE FORCE M 6 Gerald Ryan 100
27 70x4100x28 REAL SURREAL M 5 Kelso Wood 95
28 597x6x89x6 REGULAR G 6 Bryan Guy 79.5
29 00×2641241 RISING LUCK G 4 Trevor Thomas 74.5
30 x14328x14x RIVA DE LAGO G 8 Robert Heathcote 103
31 08×3923124 SALUTER G 6 Robert Heathcote 94
32 4251×74602 SIEGFRIED G 5 Toby Edmonds 78
33 321514x7x0 SNIPPETS LAND G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 89.5
34 1021615×23 SPUR LE JOUER H 4 Stuart Kendrick 73
35 1080x0585x SPURTONIC G 6 Bryan Guy 101
36 2235121110 STEEL ZIP G 8 Pat Duff 101
37 611x4480x8 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 104
38 5×67035451 TESTASHADOW G 4 Gary Portelli 81


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