Cradle Me Heads 2016 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap Field

David Pfieffer’s last in-form seven-year-old Cradle Me heads a capacity field for this Saturday’s Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap 2016 at the Gold Coast Racecourse in Queensland.

Cradle Me

Cradle Me carries top weight after flying recent form in Sydney for this Saturday’s 2016 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap on the Gold Coast. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as the fourth race on the nine-event program at 1:25pm, this year’s $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m) field features a confirmed 16 starters plus four emergencies.

Carrying the 60kg top weight and drawn to perfection in barrier three for jockey Jason Collett is visiting Sydney mare Cradle Me, the evergreen daughter of Easy Rocking coming off back-to-back stakes wins at home.

Two back she won the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) before her Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) win at Randwick on Boxing Day.

She is in top form and has a good record over the 1300m with two seconds from three runs at the distance, but rises notably in weights after carrying just 54kg and 55kg respectively to victory in her wins last month.

Following Cradle Me in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap weights this weekend are the widely-drawn duo of Peace Force (58.5kg) and Traveston Girl (57.5kg) who both had zero luck with the barrier draw.

Sydney’s Gerald Ryan prepares Bernardini six-year-old Peace Force (18) and has booked Kerrin McEvoy again after the jockey guided her to a nice third on November 28 at Rosehill in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m).

She overcame barrier 13 of 14 in that run, but had less kilos getting in on just 54.5kg.

Traveston Girl (16) comes from the top Brisbane stables of Tony Gollan and is also up in weight having carried between 54kg – 55.5kg for her three most recent runs.

The four-year-old daughter of Flying Spur won Doomben’s Listed Recognition Stakes – Brisbane Handicap double over the mile before her fourth to Centre Pivot last time out in the Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m) on December 19.

Along with Cradle Me the only other last start winner in the mix is Gollan’s other runner Tina Melina who had far better luck barrier-wise drawing the inside alley for her jockey Jim Byrne.

Byrne replaces Michael Cahill, aboard rival Real Surreal this weekend, in the saddle of the progressive Jet Spur four-year-old who has won her past two on the trot including a 1200m run at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.

Runner-up in that same December 26 lead-up was Peter Robl’s Choisir four-year-old Eloping who also backs-up in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap this weekend.

Boxing Day was her first Gold Coast run and she gets in very well in the weights for the rematch with Tina Melina dropping back from 58.5kg to the 54kg minimum on Saturday.

Other notable chances in the race include the aforementioned Kelso Wood-trained Just Now runner-up Real Surreal, Joe Pride’s I Am Invincible four-year-old I Am Zelady, the Peter Moody-trained Sino Eagle and Kelly Schweida’s Miss Cover Girl coming off a fourth to Tina Melina last month.

Check out the full Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.

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2016 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Gold Coast Race 4 (1:25pm) – 09/01/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 5x0545x511 CRADLE ME David Pfieffer Jason Collett 3 60kg 103
2 112x21x293 PEACE FORCE Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 18 58.5kg 100
3 3390×35114 TRAVESTON GIRL Tony Gollan Ms Tegan Harrison 16 57.5kg 98
4 70x4100x28 REAL SURREAL Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 12 56kg 95
5 x770x40692 ELOPING Peter Robl Blake Shinn 17 55.5kg 94
6 x471202x40 ECHO GAL Gai Waterhouse Brenton Avdulla 13 54.5kg 92
7 35321×5270 TUKIYO John Dann TBA 20 54.5kg 92
8 1525×33954 MISS COVER GIRL Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 15 54kg 91
9 2x116617x6 PRIVATE SECRETARY Gregory Hickman TBA 7 54kg 88
10 709×126011 TINA MELINA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 1 54kg 88
11 6804847×43 SINO EAGLE Peter G Moody Glen Boss 4 54kg 85
12 11427217×5 KALANDULA Bruce W Hill TBA 5 54kg 82
13 341116×755 QUEEN OF KARIBA John Sargent Craig Williams 6 54kg 80
14 370101859x MISS HUSSON Bruce W Hill TBA 2 54kg 77.5
15 x0577x1710 MYWAYORTHEHIGHWAY (NZ) Mick Mair Robbie Fradd 9 54kg 77
16 333x23x413 I AM ZELADY Joseph Pride Tim Clark 10 54kg 76
17e 1x10222x48 ELLE LOU Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 14 54kg 75
18e 115200×239 KARAKUCHI Matthew Dale TBA 19 54kg 74
19e 188x890x18 PIENKNA Tony Gollan TBA 8 54kg 71.5
20e 2x351277x7 SUGAR HIT Liam Birchley TBA 11 54kg 59


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