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Bring It Home Pop steps up his Magic Millions Guineas 2018 campaign at Doomben Racecourse on the weekend with the Darryl Hansen-trained colt chasing win number four on the trot in the $100,000 Winning Rupert Plate (1200m).
Sunshine Coast horseman Hansen has big summer racing plans with his in-form sun of Rothesay who comes off a first-up win over 1050m at Doomben on November 18.
Bring It Home Pop handled a Heavy (10) track that day, but Hansen is hoping Doomben can get back into the Slow range for George Moore Stakes Day on Saturday.
“Bring It Home Pop is very versatile and won on a Heavy 10 last start but he’s better on top of the ground,” Hansen told Racing Queensland.
During the winter Bring It Home Pop also enjoyed back-to-back 1200m wins at the Sunshine Coast, so second-up getting out to that distance he should be ready to go on Saturday.
Drawn in gate four with Matthew McGillivray coming aboard for the ride, Bring It Home Pop pays $4.20 in the latest Winning Rupert Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au sitting second only to the rails-drawn Pierata ($3.40).
It is the JJ Atkins winner Capital Gain ($7) first-up that Hansen remains most wary of however.
“I think Capital Gain is probably the one to beat as he has won a Group 1,” Hansen said.
Hansen has Bring It Home Pop chasing the $500,000 Brisbane Summer Triple Crown Bonus open to any three-year-old that can win at least three of the five races during the series.
After the Winning Rupert Plate the up-and-comer will progress onto the Listed $100,000 Gold Edition Plate (1200m) on December 16 followed by the Group 3 $200,000 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) two weeks later.
The horse’s major summer target will then run at the Gold Coast on January 13, the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) a chance for Bring It Home Pop to improve on his disappointing 10th in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, a race Hansen won with Le Chef in 2015, at the same meeting this year.
The other smart sprinter representing the Hansen stable at Doomben on Saturday is the flying Monsieur Gustave chasing win number four on the trot in the Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes (1200m).
After four early withdrawals from the George Moore Stakes field, Monsieur Gustave comes into barrier 10 and pays $3.50 to salute.
The Al Maher five-year-old was last seen winning the rescheduled Listed Keith Noud Quality Handicap (1200m) at Ipswich on November 22 by three lengths.
He has a four-from-four record on Soft tracks, but is as yet untested on Heavy going.
To back Hansen’s summer runners this weekend and beyond at the right price head to Ladbrokes.com.au today.
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