Brisbane’s premiership winning trainer Tony Gollan had mixed luck in Tuesday morning’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2016 barrier draw where his undefeated filly Zelady’s Night Out suffered an early blow with a wide gate.
Gollan will saddle-up two juveniles in this weekend’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast Racecourse as he chases is first win in the restricted feature with Zelady’s Night Out and Just Orm.
The best fancied of his duo is triple winner Zelady’s Night Out, the daughter of Myboycharlie yet to taste defeat.
After a 1050m win by four and a half lengths at Doomben on debut in mid-November the progressive sprinter enjoyed a stakes win back at the track on December 12 winning the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) by over two lengths.
Regular rider Jim Byrne partnered her for a third time as she raced at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day and posted her third turf triumph with a one length victory over Gai Waterhouse’s fellow Magic Millions Classic hope Slumber Party in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m).
Slumber Party’s chances of handing Waterhouse her fifth win in the race and first since the protest success of Driefontein in 2012 took a hit when the Snitzel filly drew the second widest barrier in the capacity 16-starter field.
Her last start conqueror Zelady’s Night Out was also a loser at the barrier draw coming up with gate 19 for Byrne to overcome, which will become 15 at best if the emergencies come out, and Gollan hinted at a forward running ride for his filly.
“I’ll tell you after they’ve gone a furlong on Saturday how the draw is,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald post-barrier draw on Tuesday morning.
“She has got brilliant gate speed and there are lot of things that can happen. You prefer not to draw 19 but there is not much we can do about it, we will just make the most of it.”
Despite the gate Zelady’s Night Out holds $10 co-favouritism in the latest Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Niccolance who fared better with barrier nine.
Niccolance comes off a second to star stablemate and odds-on favourite for Saturday’s rematch, undefeated Written Tycoon colt Capitalist ($1.80) who jumps from gate two on the weekend, in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic on December 17.
Gollan’s other chance in the race Just Orm is also a notable hope according to the bookies at a current quote of $16 to win from barrier eight with Tommy Berry in the saddle.
Berry has enjoyed two previous Magic Millions 2YO Classic wins on the Gold Coast partnering the Neville Layt-trained Karuta Queen in 2011 and the aforementioned Driefontein who was originally second past the post behind stablemate No Looking Back before the quinella was reversed following a protest.
He rides Gollan’s Falvelon gelding Just Orm for the first time on the weekend in the place of Byrne who guided the galloper to his breakthrough win at start number two at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m just last Saturday.
“Just Orm has drawn perfectly in eight and he’s just going to get the right run just off the speed and be ready to ping at the right time,” Gollan said.
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