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Everything looks on track for one of history’s shortest Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourites with the well-drawn Capitalist galloping well on Tuesday morning ahead of his Gold Coast assignment this weekend.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Written Tycoon colt is odds-on at $1.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au in the latest markets for Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) following a gun barrier two allocation at this morning’s draw.
While co-trainer Peter Snowden said he never worried too much about barriers, the prime draw for the two time winner took some of the pressure off heading into his toughest test to date.
“I’m not one for worrying about barriers but that makes it easier,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
On debut Capitalist enjoyed a stellar run from barrier four of 10 in Randwick’s Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) to win by three lengths in early October last year.
He enjoyed another charmed barrier draw for his first-up run on December 17 where he and jockey Blake Shinn, who retains the ride on Saturday, combined again to take out the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) by a similarly easy margin of two and three-quarter lengths.
The good barrier luck continued for Capitalist ahead of his Queensland race debut, which he tuned up for with an excellent Randwick track galloper before the Magic Millions 2YO Classic barrier draw took place.
“He did actually what we wanted to see this morning and the barrier is good,” Snowden said.
Team Snowden also came up trumps with barrier nine for stablemate Niccolance who is $10 to turn the tables on Capitalist following his second in the Wyong race.
Nicconi colt Niccolance has had two runs for two seconds and also was second past the post in his 836m Randwick trial on December 29.
Apprentice Koby Jennings is replaced in the saddle this weekend by star Sydney-based hoop James McDonald who won the 2014 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas aboard Sweet Idea.
The only piece of bad news for the father-and-son training duo was the nasty gate 18 draw for their third Magic Millions 2YO Classic acceptor, Duporth filly Mooshakissa.
Melbourne’s Mark Zahra is down to ride the $67 roughie shot in the race from the wide alley as the fourth jockey in as many starts to sit in her saddle.
Christian Reith rode her to a third behind Quick Feet over 1000m on debut at Warwick Farm on November 25 before Shinn guided Mooshakissa to her breakthrough win at the same track over 100m further by a tidy three lengths on December 9.
Her final lead-up into Saturday’s clash with her two star stablemates was at Rosehill over 1100m on December 19 where Winona Costin rode her to a half-length second behind Souchez.
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