Inside Magic Millions Classic Advantage for Candika

January 7, 2016

Inside Magic Millions Classic Advantage for Candika

Brisbane trainer Steven O’Dea believes the inside barrier in Saturday’s 2016 Magic Millions 2YO Classic is a big advantage for his undefeated filly Candika who faces her toughest test to date in the lucrative Gold Coast clash.

Steven O'Dea

Eagle Farm trainer Steven O’Dea rates his unbeaten filly Candika a good hope at big odds from the inside alley in Saturday’s 2016 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The two-year-old daughter of Sebring has won both of her career starts so far and heads to the Gold Coast Racecourse this weekend taking on odds-on favourite, the also undefeated Capitalist in the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

The Restricted Listed Classic has attracted a capacity field of juvenile Magic Millions graduates with the one to beat paying a firming $1.70 through Ladbrokes.com.au, home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on the full Magic Millions Gold Coast card on Saturday, is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt Capitalist.

He is not only the short priced favourite but also the market mover after coming up trumps with barrier two for his third career run, the son of Written Tycoon last seen winning the Wyong Magic Millions Classic by nearly three lengths on December 17.

Candika is the Magic Millions Classic hope jumping one on the inside of Capitalist this weekend, O’Dea’s filly paying a juicer $19 to keep her undefeated record in check.

Paul Hammersley stays aboard after guiding her to a narrow win over 1100m at Doomben on December 19, which followed her debut win at the same track in late October with Robbie Fradd in the saddle.

For both her career openers she jumped from barrier three, and O’Dea is confident she can show up and give her better fancied rivals a run from the money from her prized starting position on Saturday as she steps up in distance.

Four of the past five Magic Millions Classic winners jumped from barrier five or closer and a likely hot pace in this year’s edition will suit his filly from her barrier to a tee as she looks to follow the Blake Shinn-ridden favourite up through the field.

“There haven’t been many Magic Millions two-year-old races which haven’t been run at a breakneck speed,” O’Dea told AAP.

“She should be able to be closer from the good barrier and the other plus is she can follow the favourite Capitalist.

“He is drawn right beside us in barrier two. It is a perfect opportunity to follow him into the race.”

Win or lose on Saturday O’Dea is looking forward to the upcoming three-year-old campaign of Candika, a $100,000 buy from the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, tipping her to come on next prep.

“Whether we bring her back for the winter or even the autumn this year will be up to how she goes in the spelling paddock,” he said of the Proven Thoroughbreds-raced filly.

Proven Thoroughbreds have provided O’Dea with a number of his career highlights as a trainer including the 2014 Group 2 Queensland Guineas win with Sir Moments.

“Proven Thoroughbreds boss Jamie Walter has been very good to me,” O’Dea said.

“It would be an added thrill to win the Millions for them as they put a lot into racing.”

To check out the full Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2016 betting odds and back your favourites at the right price make sure you’ve got an account open at Ladbrokes.com.au who are also matching the first deposits of new customers 100% up to $500 with use of the code BETBONUS!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field