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Trainer Bjorn Baker is shaping up for a big day at the Gold Coast this Saturday for Magic Millions but the Warwick Farm horseman is also looking ahead to the first-up run of his Group 1 winner Music Magnate in the Expressway Stakes 2017.
Baker saddles-up the odds-on favourite, undefeated colt Winning Rupert in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) on the weekend and he will be hard to beat from a gun barrier six draw.
It could be a stellar start to the season for Baker who is also preparing for the return of his Doomben 10,000 champ Music Magnate.
The five-year-old son of Written Tycoon has won six of his 13 starts to date and remains lightly-raced for his age having missed the spring due to a virus.
During last year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival the gelding enjoyed his career highlight taking out the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) over Azkadellia.
He hasn’t raced since failing in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm next-up in June crossing over seventeen lengths back for 16th to Under The Louvre in Queensland’s richest race.
Baker trialled Music Magnate on Monday at Royal Randwick over 741m and was thrilled with the all-the-way winning hit-out by the horse who was ridden by regular hoop Kerrin McEvoy.
The horseman is now leaning towards kicking off the galloper’s autumn with a January 28 run at Rosehill Gardens in the $200,000 Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) after a trial at the track next Tuesday.
“It’s good to see him back, he looks great,” Baker told Racing Victoria.
“He’s probably never moved better and he’s had a good break since Queensland in the winter so I’m really looking forward to what is hopefully a good preparation.
“He’s the fresh horse on the scene and hopefully that will hold him in good stead in what will be a very tough group of sprinters over the autumn.”
Music Magnate is set to be tested in elite level again over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with Baker naming the $500u,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 4 and the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 1 during ‘The Championships’ as likely targets.
“We’ll see how he goes first up but he’ll more than likely head towards the Canterbury Stakes and maybe then into the T.J. Smith,” Baker said.
Futures 2017 TJ Smith Stakes betting is already open at Ladbrokes.com.au with Music Magnate listed as a $21 chance in the all-in markets led by the dual defending champion Chautauqua ($5).
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