Sunshine Coast trainer Jason McLachlan is convinced his progressive colt Dieters is the best value youngster in Saturday’s 2016 Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting markets for the Gold Coast restricted feature.
Final acceptances have been taken for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), the field due for release shortly, with McLachlan paying the final fee for his Written Tycoon two-year-old Dieters.
The up-and-comer won his debut at Doomben back in early October last year before another win, this time over 1100m back at the track by over a length on December 19.
Despite his undefeated status, Dieters is at double figures in Magic Millions Classic betting with markets firmly led by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist.
Capitalist is also undefeated having won the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick and the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) leading up to his Gold Coast test this Saturday.
McLachlan though is having trouble understanding the big gap in the Magic Millions Classic odds between Capitalist who is odds-on to win and his double figure chance Dieters, believing the favourite to be far from a sure thing this summer.
“I can’t understand why Dieters is a double-figure-odds chance,” he told The Australian.
“He has improved since his first-up win at Doomben and continues to impress at track work.”
McLachlan tasted Magic Millions Gold Coast Classic success back in 2009 when co-training Phelan Ready to victory with his father Bruce.
He also secured the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas win at the Gold Coast with Saluter in 2013.
The now six-year-old Commands gelding Saluter is prepared by Robert Heathcote these days and is nominated for the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on Saturday for his Brisbane-based trainer.
The Magic Millions Cup attracted a bumper 38 nominations with the Darren Weir-trained Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler allocated the 60.5kg top weight.
Other highly weighted hopes for the MM Cup include Tony Gollan’s last start Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) winning seven-year-old Fontelina (57kg) and the Chris Waller-trained Strawberry Boy (56kg) who carried 59kg to second in the same race behind Spurtonic 12 months ago.
Gai Waterhouse meanwhile also believes her Magic Millions 2YO Classic hopeful this year, Slumber Party, is a big hope at good odds to score the upset over Capitalist.
One of the four other single figure hopes in the early markets behind the Team Snowden-trained hot shot, Snitzel filly Slumber Party remains a maiden after two career runs.
Her debut on October 3 in Sydney produced a third behind Calliope in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) before she returned on December 26 at the Gold Coast to cross a length off Gollan’s Magic Millions Classic second favourite Zelady’s Night Out in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes (1200m).
Waterhouse is tipping improvement off that run from Slumber Party as she faces a rematch with Zelady’s Night Out on Saturday in a race Waterhouse boasts four previous victories in.
“I would prefer to be on mine [over Capitalist],” Waterhouse said to the Herald Sun this week.
“Capitalist isn’t here yet and I like these horses that are here.
“I’ve got the horse to beat and I’ve got the proven record.”
Waterhouse’s previous Magic Millions Gold Coast Classic wins were with: Assertive Lad (2000), Excellerator (2001), Dance Hero (2004) and most recently Driefontein (2012).
“I’m over the moon with her and she goes in fresh unlike so many of these other horses and it’s a fresh horse that so often has a distinct advantage,” Waterhouse added of Slumber Party.
“She has a distinct advantage and she is having her second prep already and she is much stronger now than she was in the spring.
“She has improved significantly since the Bruce McLachlan Stakes and I would normally start her over 1000m or 1100m instead of 1200m, so I think she has a very strong chance this weekend.”
Waterhouse also made comparisons between Slumber Party and No Looking Back who lost the 2012 Magic Millions Classic on protest to stablemate Driefontein despite being first past the post.
“She is very similar to No Looking Back and I thought that all along,” she said.
“She is a filly that just keeps improving and when I serve it up to her and ask her to make the step up she does it.”
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