Robert Heathcote’s six-time Group 1 winner Buffering is the top rated nominee for this Saturday’s Magic Millions Sprint 2016 at the Gold Coast Racecourse, but is an unlikely final acceptor in the feature.
Twenty-four sprinters make up the nominations for this summer’s $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1100m), one of nine restricted races on the $10 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Day race card this weekend in Queensland.
Mossman eight-year-old Buffering is a 50-start veteran, but is showing no signs of slowing down having won in elite level company for the sixth time last start when beating home the locals in Perth’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 21.
A winner of over $5.8 million in prize money, Buffering is surprisingly yet to be tested at the Gold Coast but gets his chance this weekend as a dual nominee on the card.
Heathcote has indicated however that Buffering won’t accept for the MM Sprint, instead targeting the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate (1300m) under set weights.
With Buffering out the Magic Millions Sprint becomes a far more open affair.
Brisbane’s head trainer of the season, Tony Gollan, has three of the entries led by his in-form seven-year-old Didntcostalot.
A winner of four of his past six starts, the Danerich gelding was last seen winning the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in late November by three and a half lengths.
Gollan’s other Magic Millions Sprint hopes are Group 1 winning nine-year-old Temple Of Boom and The Storeman who is a three-time placegetter at the Gold Coast.
Along with Didntcostalot, the other Magic Millions Sprint nominee shooting for three wins on the trot is the David Pfieffer-trained mare Cradle Me from Sydney.
The Easy Rocking seven-year-old took out the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) from the outside barrier (16) as a 31/1 shot at Randwick on December 12 before winning again in black-type company at the track in Boxing Day’s Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m).
Another last start winning mare in the mix is Mark Kavanagh’s Melbourne-trained Manhattan Rain four-year-old Wild Rain.
She has run top two in her past six starts dating back to June last year including two stakes wins and comes off a one and three quarter length victory over Office Bearer at Sandown-Hillside in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) from December 5.
Other in-form hopes coming off nice lead-up runs including Peter Moody’s Listed Lough Neagh Stakes third placegetter Weinholt, runner-up at the track on Boxing Day Eloping who is now prepared by former hoop Peter Robl and the Brendan McCarthy-trained Murt The Flirt.
Prepared at Caulfield, Murtajill four-year-old Murt The Flirt was last seen running third to Flippant in the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes over 1200m on December 17 and is undefeated over Saturday’s distance with two wins from as many 1100m starts.
The 2016 Magic Millions Sprint final field is released on Wednesday at 9am (AEST) so stay tuned.
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2016 Magic Millions Sprint Nominations
Gold Coast Racecourse – 09/01/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|3||5x0545x511||CRADLE ME||M||7||David Pfieffer||103|
|5||x471202x40||ECHO GAL||M||4||Gai Waterhouse||92|
|7||x114x37x13||GUN CASE||G||5||Liam Birchley||74.5|
|8||57x1418x53||HUSSON EAGLE||G||4||Patrick Payne||80|
|9||212×4||KING’S TROOP||C||3||Gerald Ryan||78|
|10||13x1145x43||LE CORDON BLEU||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||78|
|12||x13x1116x7||LORD LEOFRIC||H||5||David Pfieffer||78|
|13||5x12293x13||MURT THE FLIRT||G||4||Brendan McCarthy||84|
|15||2x116617x6||PRIVATE SECRETARY||M||6||Gregory Hickman||88|
|16||213414×503||ROCKY KING||G||6||Tom Bourke||97|
|18||6704x30x77||TEMPLE OF BOOM||G||9||Tony Gollan||104|
|19||06322314×8||THE STOREMAN||G||6||Tony Gollan||92|
|20||910444220x||THREE BEERS PLEASE||G||5||Liam Birchley||68|
|21||238x6138x1||TIBROGARGAN MISS||F||3||Darryl Hansen||75|
|22||0x87x71413||WEINHOLT||G||5||Peter G Moody||91|
|23||6x201x388x||WICKED INTENT||C||3||Chris Munce||80|
|24||615121×221||WILD RAIN||M||4||Mark Kavanagh||95|