Rainy Day Woman and Michelle Payne have received a start in the 2016 Magic Millions Classic after Sundance was scratched from the race due to a foot abscess.
Trainer Toby Edmonds announced earlier this week that Sundance have been found with an abscess and Racing Queensland stewards revealed this morning that the minor issue meant that the son of I Am Invincible had to be removed from the Magic Millions Classic field.
“Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds has advised Racing Queensland Stewards that Magic Millions 2YO Classic entrant Sundance has failed to recover from a hoof abscess and has been scratched from tomorrow’s $2 Million feature race at the Gold Coast Turf Club,” Racing Queensland said in a statement.
“Sundance was found to have an abscess on its off hind hoof earlier this week and despite having the abscess lanced, the colt has failed to recover in time to take his place in the field.
“The scratching of Sundance paves the way for Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne to gain a start in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic aboard first emergency Rainy Day Woman.”
Rainy Day Woman will give Payne her first ride in the Magic Millions Classic and the talented hoop will need to repeat her Melbourne Cup heroics on Prince Of Penzance in order to take out the $2 million event – with Rainy Day Woman currently priced at $151 in Magic Millions Classic betting markets with Ladbrokes.
Rainy Day Woman made his racing debut with a poor effort in the Peter Morrison Maiden (900m) at the Gold Coast on October 14 and he produced a string of improved performances in The Cock Electrical & Communications Handicap (1050m) at Doomben on October 31, the Flexi Membership Handicap (1050m) at the same venue on November 14 and the Sky Racing Handicap (1050m) on November 28, but he failed to beat home a single runner in the Yalumba Handicap (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on January 2.
The scratching of Sundance has not led to any major changes in the 2016 Magic Millions Classic and Capitalist remains a dominant favourite with Ladbrokes and he has been backed from $1.80 into $1.70.
Kelso Wood-trained Nikitas ($11) and Niccolance ($11) are on the second line of betting, while there has also been a sprinkling of support for Candika ($21 into $19), Conchita ($34 into $17), Mooshakissa ($81 into $71) and Rare Occurrence ($81 into $51).
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