2016 Magic Millions Cup Field Features Bachman

Gerald Ryan’s Goldmarket Handicap winner at the track last time out Bachman returns to the Gold Coast Racecourse this weekend for a tough test in the Magic Millions 2016 Cup.


Goldmarket Handicap winner Bachman seeks back-to-back Gold Coast wins this weekend in the 2016 Magic Millions Cup. Photo: Steve Hart.

The All American four-year-old from Sydney had his second Gold Coast run on Boxing Day and enjoyed success in the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) on the back of a 1200m win at Randwick where he carted a hefty 61kg to victory.

This Saturday he lines-up in the $1 million Jewel Magic Millions Cup (1400m), the handicap clash attracted a capacity field of 16 starters plus four emergencies.

Bachman gets in on the 54kg minimum for the Gold Coast Race 6 at 2:35pm, but has a wide barrier 14 draw for jockey Kerrin McEvoy to overcome.

Heading this summer’s Magic Millions Cup weights with 60.5kg is the Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler in gate nine with Glen Boss to ride.

Boss chases a second win in the race after guiding Walking Or Dancing to victory in 2010 and stays on Husson six-year-old Lucky Hussler for the 12th straight time.

He was aboard for the horse’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) second and Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) win in November 2014 and March 2015 as well as his second elite level success in last October’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

A minor injury prevented Lucky Hussler from having a lead-up run in Brisbane heading into the Magic Millions Cup, but Weir is confident the galloper is fit enough for a big performance in his fifth Gold Coast appearance.

The next heaviest weighted in Saturday’s Restricted Listed showdown is the Tony Gollan-trained Fontelina (57kg) who also suffered a blow drawing out in gate 18 for veteran Queensland jockey Jim Byrne.

Byrne was aboard on 58.5kg for the Testa Rossa seven-year-old’s lead-up win in the Listed Lough Neagh Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on December 12 and for his third in the run before in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m).

Along with Bachman and Fontelina the other last start winners in the field are the Joe Pride-trained Open Book and Testashadow for fellow Sydney horseman Gary Portelli drawn in barriers 19 and 10 respectively.

Brenton Avdulla replaces Sam Clipperton in the saddle of in-form Shamardal five-year-old Open Book who comes off back-to-back Rosehill wins with big weights.

He raced only last Saturday and carried 60.5kg to a tidy two length victory over 1400m, the gelding set to relish the drop back to the 54kg minimum that will help with the wide alley.

Testashadow also gets in on 54kg, the progressive four-year-old a Randwick winner over 1400m carrying 59kg on Boxing Day.

Last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Cup winner Spurtonic is back to defend his title having since transferred from Gai Waterhouse to former Gold Coast-based Bryan Guy who is now based at Canungra.

Six-year-old Spurtonic hasn’t raced since late August and hasn’t finished in the money since his MM Cup win 12 months ago when carrying 58.5kg, a weight he drops four kilos from for the title defence this weekend.

Other notable Magic Millions Cup hopes include recent Razor Sharp Handicap runner-up in Sydney Aussies Love Sport, Robert Heathcote’s Lough Neagh runner-up at Doomben Saluter coming off a Goldmarket fourth from December 26, runner-up in the same Gold Coast lead-up Le Val and third past the post in the Wyong Magic Millions Stakes on December 17 Murt The Flirt.

See below for the full Magic Millions Cup 2016 field, barriers, weights and jockeys.

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2016 Magic Millions Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 6 (2:35pm) – 09/01/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 167x46136x LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 9 60.5kg 113
2 47000×5931 FONTELINA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 18 57kg 106
3 611x4480x8 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller James McDonald 2 56kg 104
4 1080x0585x SPURTONIC Bryan Guy Paul Hammersley 8 54.5kg 101
5 6x73026x11 BACHMAN Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 14 54kg 97
6 0x565x890x BULL POINT David Vandyke Jason Collett 17 54kg 97
7 9x29151x20 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT Peter Robl Glyn Schofield 11 54kg 95
8 35528×5337 GRACIOUS PROSPECT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 16 54kg 94
9 08×3923124 SALUTER Robert Heathcote Michael Cahill 3 54kg 94
10 2x1152x862 LE VAL Noel Doyle Luke Rolls 12 54kg 90
11 9×73433225 HARADA BAY John, Dan & Chris Meagher Steven King 13 54kg 89
12 x73420x325 BALIGARI Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 5 54kg 86
13 5x12293x13 MURT THE FLIRT Brendan McCarthy Chris Symons 1 54kg 84
14 58354×0411 OPEN BOOK Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 19 54kg 84
15 x114441x34 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Craig Williams 4 54kg 83
16 5×67035451 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli TBA 10 54kg 82
17e 68x32401x8 BOLD CIRCLE David Payne TBA 20 54kg 78
18e 78x2231x12 LIBERATION Barry Lockwood TBA 15 54kg 76
19e 36×8042310 EYE THE WORLD David Hayes & Tom Dabernig TBA 6 54kg 70
20e x0550x5125 LAREBIL Greg Ryan TBA 7 54kg 56


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