Ef Troop Phelan Ready for Magic Millions Classic 2018

Ef Troop has been elevated to the top of all-in 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting after the Tony Gollan-trained gelding saluted in the Listed $100,000 Phelan Ready Stakes (1100m) in Brisbane over the weekend.

Tony Gollan

Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan has the early 2018 Magic Millions Classic favourite for the Gold Coast next month Ef Troop. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The local Spirit Of Boom two-year-old continued his undefeated career backing-up from a win on debut from early November to toy with his four rivals in Saturday’s Doomben sprint clash.

Ridden to the runaway five and a quarter-length victory by the in-form Matthew McGillivray, Ef Troop saluted as the $2.10 favourite and has now firmed further in futures markets on his Gold Coast target on January 13.

Ef Troop beat home the Tony McEvoy-trained Crockett ($3.20), who then held a huge six length margin over the third-placed Commissioner ($5) from the Sydney stables of Peter & Paul Snowden.

“I have always had great faith in this horse and he is very smart,” winning hoop McGillivray said post-race.

Gollan has his progressive juvenile targeting the Restricted Listed $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast next month.

The latest Magic Millions Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are now led by the dominant Phelan Ready Stakes winner with Ef Troop the $4.80 favourite.

“Ef Troop might be favourite now but the market is likely to change a few times yet before the race,” Gollan told Racing Queensland on Saturday.

“I was really pleased how he did it today even though it was only a small field.

“He’s got such a high cruising speed and he’ll be even better after this run.”

Bondi ($9) is currently the only other single-figure hopeful in the pre-field Magic Millions Classic betting markets, Team Snowden’s Snitzel colt not having raced since his second in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick in late September.

Gollan also confirmed plans to head straight to the Magic Millions Carnival with Ef Troop, bypassing Group 3 $200,000 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) held at Doomben on December 30.

“He will not have another race start leading into the Millions but we have the option of a trial before the race,” he said.

Gollan is currently first in line to claim the $50,000 Summer Crowns Trainers’ Bonus after the weekend’s race results with Ef Troop saluting in the Phelan Ready Stakes and Outback Barbie taking out the Listed $100,000 Calaway Gal Stakes (1100m).

In the fillies’ equivalent, Jim Byrne road the well-bred daughter of Spirit Of Boom to a quarter length victory on debut.

Outback Barbie remains at a $26 quote in the Magic Millions Gold Coast Classic markets.

To back your Magic Millions Classic 2018 selections at the right price this summer head to Ladbrokes.com.au today.

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