A bumper 29 female gallopers are nominated for the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap 2016 that runs as one of nine features on the Gold Coast Magic Millions race card this Saturday in Queensland.
The $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m) was won in an upset 12 months ago by Endless Shadow, with nominations for this summer’s edition led by the David Pfieffer-trained Cradle Me.
Also nominated for the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) over 200m shorter at the meeting, the seven-year-old daughter of Easy Rocking shoots for her third win on the trot this weekend.
From three previous 1300m runs she has twice run second and comes off back-to-back Listed wins in Sydney this summer having saluted in Randwick’s Razor Sharp Handicap and Canterbury Classic over 1200m.
Also shooting for three straight wins if accepted into the capacity 16-starter Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap field on Saturday is the Tony Gollan-trained Tina Melina.
A four-year-old daughter of Jet Spur she saluted over 1200m at Doomben by over two lengths on December 12 before her Boxing Day win at the Gold Coast in the $75,000 Driefontein Fillies & Mares Handicap (1200m).
Runner-up in that same lead-up was the Peter Robl-trained Choisir four-year-old Eloping, the Group 1 performer and Group 3 winner beaten under a length in her first look at the track that she’ll be out to improve on this weekend.
Along with Tina Melina Brisbane’s best trainer Gollan has also nominated for Pienkna and Traveston Girl in Saturday’s race.
Flying Spur four-year-old Traveston Girl won the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) and Listed Brisbane Handicap (1640m) at Doomben before her last start fourth to Centre Pivot in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m) on December 19.
She is also among the Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) nominations where, if accepted, she’ll face off against her last start conqueror again but over more distance.
Another in-form MM Fillies & Mares Handicap nominee this Queensland Summer Racing Carnival is visiting Sydney-trained filly Egyptian Symbol.
Bjorn Baker’s three-year-old daughter of Stratum has won three of her five career runs to date and ran a brave second two back behind Flippant in the Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m) at Wyong.
She was last seen in her Gold Coast debut on December 26 when under a length away third to Madotti in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) and is also among the early entries for the lucrative $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) this Saturday.
The other fillies nominated to take on the older mares in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap this season are Atlanta Miss, the Liam Birchley-trained Saga Of The Storm, her stablemate Sugar Hit and Stuart Kendrick’s daughter of Sebring Typing.
Other notable hopes include Joe Pride’s four-year-old I Am Zelady, three-time winner at the track Miss Cover Girl, the Gerald Ryan-trained Peace Force coming off a third in Rosehill’s Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) from November 28 and Peter Moody’s six-year-old Sino Eagle.
Check out the full Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap 2016 nominations below, the final field of acceptances out on Wednesday morning.
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2016 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 09/01/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x258526x68||ANNA LIZZIE||M||6||Danny J Bougoure||81|
|2||15x381x6x5||ATALANTA MISS||F||3||Patrick Payne||71|
|4||5x0545x511||CRADLE ME||M||7||David Pfieffer||103|
|5||x471202x40||ECHO GAL||M||4||Gai Waterhouse||92|
|6||1×1123||EGYPTIAN SYMBOL||F||3||Bjorn Baker||74.5|
|7||1x10222x48||ELLE LOU||M||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||76|
|9||431x1199x3||FILLE ARDENTE||M||4||Matt Kropp||65|
|10||333x23x413||I AM ZELADY||M||4||Joseph Pride||76|
|11||11427217×5||KALANDULA||M||5||Bruce W Hill||83|
|13||1525×33954||MISS COVER GIRL||M||4||Kelly Schweida||91|
|14||370101859x||MISS HUSSON||M||5||Bruce W Hill||77.5|
|15||x0577x1710||MYWAYORTHEHIGHWAY (NZ)||M||4||Mick Mair||77|
|16||112x21x293||PEACE FORCE||M||6||Gerald Ryan||100|
|18||2x116617x6||PRIVATE SECRETARY||M||6||Gregory Hickman||88|
|19||341116×755||QUEEN OF KARIBA||M||4||John Sargent||80|
|20||70x4100x28||REAL SURREAL||M||5||Kelso Wood||95|
|21||12425×9460||RUSTIC MELODY||M||4||Kris Lees||78|
|22||310x29x9||SAGA OF THE STORM||F||3||Liam Birchley||64|
|23||6804847×43||SINO EAGLE||M||6||Peter G Moody||85|
|24||2x351277x7||SUGAR HIT||F||3||Liam Birchley||59|
|25||709×126011||TINA MELINA||M||4||Tony Gollan||88|
|26||3390×35114||TRAVESTON GIRL||M||4||Tony Gollan||98|