Canberra trainer Nick Olive will instruct jockey Kathy O’Hara to ride his 2016 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hope Single Gaze aggressively from the jump after the filly’s ideal barrier draw for the Gold Coast classic this weekend.
A capacity field faces off in Saturday’ $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) including the Olive-trained Not A Single Doubt filly Single Gaze who came up trumps with gate five in Tuesday’s draw.
It is a nice change of barrier luck for the smart three-year-old who did it tough from barrier 15 of 15 last time out at the track when 10th to fellow Magic Millions Guineas hope Madotti in Boxing Day’s Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m).
The Matthew Dunn-trained Falvelon filly Madotti won the Vo Rogue from barrier two with Tye Angland in the saddle, the hoop retaining the ride this weekend as she shoots for back-to-back Gold Coast wins.
Madotti is only rated a $17 chance in Magic Millions 3YO Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au however after her wide gate 16 draw.
Single Gaze fared better with the gates, but is still longer in the markets paying $26 to capitalise on a likely front-running ride from O’Hara who replaced Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
“I said to the connections if she doesn’t draw a barrier she’s no chance, so to draw a gate is fantastic,” Olive told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“We can ride her aggressive out of the gate and put her in a position where she can be competitive.
“She probably doesn’t have the speed to be right there, but we’re hoping we can be somewhere around midfield.
“Kathy has had a bit of success on her and the horse seems to run better for her than anyone else, that’s why we’ve gone that way.”
On Saturday Single Gaze shoots for just her second win at career start number 10, her sole victory to date being her successful debut at Rosehill over 1100m back in November of 2014.
She competed in last year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic for a smart third behind Le Chef when beaten only 1.6 lengths from barrier six of 16, form Olive hopes she can rediscover from a similar draw at the same track this weekend.
If she finishes in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas trifecta it will be Single Gaze’s first time in the top three since her second behind Takedown at home in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) from March last year.
Olive is confident that from the gate, no matter the track conditions, that is a very real possibility.
“It’s been wet the last two days up here, but they are expecting it to fine up over the next few days,” he said.
“They tell me the track dries out quick but I don’t think it will affect her either way, she’ll get through the wet.”
The latest Magic Millions 3YO Guineas odds are led by Mahuta who pays $3.80 to win his fifth on the trot despite drawing the second widest alley.
The Darren Weir-trained Flying Spur colt hasn’t raced since mid-November when taking out the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne from barrier 12 of 13.
He and stablemate Lucky Hussler, who returns to racing in Saturday’s $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), were scheduled to fly from Victoria to Queensland on Wednesday but have had their travels disrupted by flight issues.
The biggest Magic Millions Guineas threat according to Olive though is the Bjorn Baker-trained Egyptian Symbol at a current quote of $4.80 after her gun barrier six draw.
Glyn Schofield stays aboard the nicely-bred daughter of Stratum who ran second to Flippant, a $6 MM Guineas hope on Saturday, in the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes two back before her Vo Rogue third on December 26.
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