2017 Magic Millions Cup Nominations: 52 Entries

Nominations for the major support acts on next month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day are now out including 52 entries taken for the Magic Millions Cup 2017.

Lucky Hussler

Reigning champ Lucky Hussler heads the 2017 Magic Millions Cup nominations for January 14 at the Gold Coast. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Nine restricted features run at the Gold Coast Racecourse on January 14 across the $10 million meeting including the $1 million Woodford Reserve Magic Millions Cup (1400m).

The Restricted Listed showdown is shaping up as a top edition with a host of talented nominees including the reigning Magic Millions Cup winner Lucky Hussler.

The Darren Weir-trained son of Husson won the race first-up last summer carrying 60.5kg and won his first race since on November 12 at Sandown in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).

Weir is tossing up whether to run the now seven-year-old fresh in the Magic Millions Cup field again in 2017 or give him a lead-up race this Sunday in the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

Also among the Magic Millions Cup 2017 nominations for Weir is the flying Kenjorwood.

A fellow seven-year-old, the in-form son of Snippetson enjoyed his second win on the trot on Boxing Day at Caulfield taking out the Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) under a hefty 60kg.

Of the Queenslanders one of the likely Magic Millions Cup favourites after his stellar summer campaign is the Tony Gollan-trained Most Important.

The four-year-old I Am Invincible gelding won the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) by nearly three lengths at Eagle Farm before beating home Too Good To Refuse in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on December 17.

Gollan won the Magic Millions Cup back in 2012 with Spirit Of Boom and chases another victory this season with Most Important who has his final lead-up at Eagle Farm on Saturday in the $150,000 Buffering Quality Handicap (1300m).

The Buffering Quality is a “wildcard” race for the Magic Millions Cup, offering the winner an automatic start in the lucrative January event.

Looking for that ballot free ride into the Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup is the Desleigh Forster-trained Too Good To Refuse who is out to turn the tables on his last start conqueror Most Important.

Plenty of smart interstate raiders feature in this summer’s Magic Millions Cup entries including the Team Hawkes-trained Snoopy and the ultra-consistent Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Choice We Had.

Team Snowden also have Hand From Above, Snippets Land and We’re Sure entered for the race.

Runner-up in the Magic Millions Cup for the past two years, the now Chris Waller-trained Strawberry Boy is back looking for another shot at the title.

The eight-year-old hasn’t raced since his eighth in May’s Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast however and so is far from confirmed for a run.

The 2015 Magic Millions Cup third placegetter The Bowler is also in the mix two seasons on for Caulfield’s Robert Smerdon.

Other notable nominees include the Kelly Schweida-trained Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara winner Miss Cover Girl, Liam Birchley’s four-year-old daughter of Court Command Pepperano and the Pat Duff-trained veteran nine-year-old Steel Zip.

Check out the full Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup 2017 nominations below, the final field of acceptances out on Wednesday January 17 followed by betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Magic Millions Cup Nominations

Gold Coast Racecourse – 14/01/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 4191960402 ABU BEN ADAM G 6 Pat Duff
2 8x3586x255 BACHMAN G 5 Gerald Ryan
3 5335x96x57 BALIGARI G 6 Lloyd Kennewell
4 3028306219 BODEGA NEGRA G 6 Bruce W Hill
5 843317×762 BRADMAN G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
6 01839210×0 BREWERY G 5 Gerald Ryan
7 x203146x14 CAPTAIN’S PICK G 3 Ben Currie
8 1034x1609x CATCH A FIRE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 16038x085x CHARLIE BOY G 6 Ciaron Maher
10 444×133321 CHOICE WE HAD G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
11 41x14x51 CULTURAL MAN G 4 Brett Partelle
12 14×2535723 DAM READY G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 2 DEEP IMAGE G 3 David Vandyke
14 6101220×22 DOWNHEARTED G 4 Mick Price
15 30×1 FAST CUT G 3 Brett Partelle
16 2552018×52 HAND FROM ABOVE G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
17 122300×824 HAVASAY G 4 Liam Birchley
18 3x9485453x HI SON G 7 David Kelly
19 6415×40625 HOPFGARTEN G 6 Robert Heathcote
20 21x20616x2 HOTEL COSTE G 4 Bruce W Hill
21 5001×23201 IN HIS STRIDE G 4 Rex Lipp
22 1x INVINCIBLE QUEST G 4 Brett Partelle
23 1342×05211 KENJORWOOD G 7 Darren Weir
24 31131×7041 LOYALTY MAN G 4 Michael Moroney
25 6x129x791x LUCKY HUSSLER G 7 Darren Weir
26 35x2741x43 MISS COVER GIRL M 5 Kelly Schweida
27 642x1115x2 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE G 4 Darryl Hansen
28 2448312311 MOST IMPORTANT G 4 Tony Gollan
29 34987×3189 MURT THE FLIRT G 5 Brendan McCarthy
30 x3041231x3 OFF THE RAILS G 6 Bjorn Baker
31 0x0x221112 PEPPERANO M 4 Liam Birchley
32 03550×6120 PERFECT DARE G 4 Matthew Dunn
33 742201×585 RARE OCCURRENCE F 3 Stuart Kendrick
34 2126×32218 RELIGIFY G 6 Chris Waller
35 329764228x RISING LUCK G 5 Trevor Thomas
36 93409676×0 SHOTACROSS THE BOW G 4 David Murphy
37 110×145167 SIR BACCHUS G 4 Chris Waller
38 12x2413x0x SIR MOMENTS G 6 Steven O’dea
39 15241710×1 SKYTREK G 4 Barry Lockwood
40 704711×978 SNAPPY ONE G 4 Jeremy Sylvester
41 2421545×24 SNIPPETS LAND G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
42 0x42553112 SNOOPY G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
43 6835962631 SPUR LE JOUER G 5 Stuart Kendrick
44 3181105×37 STAR WARS (NZ) G 6 Gerald Ryan
45 036x3430x2 STEEL ZIP G 9 Pat Duff
46 80x82x348x STRAWBERRY BOY G 8 Chris Waller
47 7121x1782x TESTASHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli
48 x66240x970 THE BOWLER G 6 Robert Smerdon
49 x19271412x THE ILIAD G 5 John & Chris Meagher
50 4 THE MECHANIC G 3 David Vandyke
51 6x100x416x WAR JET G 6 Joe Cleary
52 47x15814x0 WE’RE SURE G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden


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