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Peter & Paul Snowden’s lightly-raced colt Bondi has been elevated to favouritism in the latest 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic odds for next month’s feature despite being far from a confirmed runner.
The Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day takes place in Queensland on Saturday January 13, 2018 and the latest order of entry for the meeting’s two $2 million highlights are now out.
For the 2018 Magic Millions 3YO Classic it is local filly Houtzen heading the first acceptances and ballot order, while in futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) it is all about Bondi.
The son of Snitzel currently sits in 15th spot in the Magic Millions Classic 2018 order of entry and is one of a bumper 264 first acceptors for the Restricted Listed showdown.
Bondi pays $8 to salute in the sprint classic, but has officially had just the one career start when finishing runner-up to Performer in the Listed NSW Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick on September 30.
He was back in the public eye on Monday finishing a close second in his 845m Wyong hit out leading up to his summer return.
Team Snowden officially have 15 Magic Millions Classic entries with Legislation ($13), seventh on the ballot order, the other standout.
Not A Single Doubt colt Legislation is a non-maiden having saluted on debut at Randwick to win the $100,000 Daily Press Kirkham Plate (1000m) by a length on October 21.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said the team were looking at a number of juveniles to represent them at the Gold Coast, but was unsure whether Bondi would make the trip.
“There are a couple of options in Queensland so at this stage I don’t know where we will head with Bondi,” he told Racing NSW.
“Our aim is to qualify as many runners as we can so we are chasing the prizemoney.
“Bondi had a nice trial at Wyong on Monday. He had look at the track and that is an advantage. He’s nowhere near screwed down yet with the grand final still six weeks away.”
Heading the Magic Millions 2YO Classic order of entry is the Lloyd Kennewell-trained filly La Pomme De Pin out to go back-to-back for the girls after the success of Houtzen (2017) last season.
Kennewell is in flying form having enjoyed his maiden Group 1 success in Perth last Saturday thanks to the Winterbottom Stakes victory by his gun mare Viddora.
I Am Invincible filly La Pomme De Pin meanwhile pays $15 to salute in the Magic Millions Classic next month after winning the Ballarat Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1000m by a runaway five and a half lengths on November 25.
Shorter in all-in betting for the $2 million summer showdown are the likes of Crockett, Jonker and Qaflia who are all rated an $11 shot.
Tony McEvoy prepares All American colt Crockett who won his debut at Morphettville Parks over 1000m on October 7, while Jonker is prepared out of Newcastle by David Atkins.
A well-bred son of Spirit Of Boom, Jonker has a lovely sprinting pedigree to live up to and began his career last Sunday with a three length 900m win at his home track as the odds-on favourite.
He will head to Wyong on December 21 for their Magic Millions race looking to move up the order of entry for the big one at the Gold Coast according to Atkins.
“He will need more prizemoney to get into the Gold Coast race and hopefully he can do that at Wyong,” Atkins said.
“The track should suit him and I think the 1100m is ideal. I can see him running better over the 1100 and 1200m trips.”
Qaflia represents the David Hayes-led Lindsay Park stable and is the best fancied of the fillies in the mix this summer.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt won first-up at Caulfield on October 14 in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) before the second to Setsuna at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m).
2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Betting
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