Night’s Watch Eyes 2018 Magic Millions Trophy

Ace Victorian horseman Darren Weir is eyeing a Magic Millions Trophy 2018 bid on the Gold Coast next month for his progressive four-year-old Night’s Watch.

Darren Weir

Victorian trainer Darren Weir has Night’s Watch targeting the 2018 Magic Millions Trophy on the Gold Coast in mid-January. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Kiwi-bred Redwood gelding has to date had a dozen career starts for five victories, the latest of which was at Sandown-Hillside on December 2 in a Benchmark 90 over 1800m.

Night’s Watch was on the quick turnaround on December 10 starting the short-priced favourite in the $100,000 Werribee Cup (2000m), but only managed to run one and a half-lengths back fourth behind Aeratus.

Weir, who also trained second past the post in the Werribee Cup with Articus, will give the OTI-raced galloper the chance to return to winning form and secure a start in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (2200m) via a Brisbane run on Doomben 30.

The Shoot Out Quality (2200m) at Doomben Racecourse offers a final qualification for the Magic Millions Trophy field for January 13 to the winner, something Night’s Watch will target according to OTI Racing Director Terry Henderson.

“He needs to win to get into the race but Darren Weir thinks the horse is flying,” Henderson told Racing Victoria.

“He was most unlucky at Werribee last start but has come through the run very well.”

The fields for the two major $2 million Magic Millions races at the Gold Coast this summer meanwhile are starting to take shape following the weekend race results from Doomben.

The Tony Gollan-trained Spirit Of Boom two-year-old Ef Troop is now the firm $4.80 in futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) after his win in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1100m).

The Gregory Hickman-trained Pierata meanwhile has retained favouritism at $4 for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) despite a Doomben loss on Saturday.

The son of Pierro finished a narrow second behind the Toby Edmonds-trained Gold Coaster Whypeeo in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m).

Whypeeo could now target the lucrative $400,000 Summer Crown Bonus racing in the second leg on December 30 in the Group 3 $200,000 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m).

A decision will then be made on whether or not to take Whypeeo to his home track on January 13 for a Grand Final run in the Magic Millions Guineas 2018, which the local pays $9 to take out.

“His next run will be in the Vo Rogue and that run will tell us whether he can run 1400 metres,” Edmonds told Racing Queensland.

“I can’t see why he won’t run 1400 metres. If he can get an early lead he can get a breather midrace like they often do in Sydney.

“If he doesn’t go on to the Magic Million Guineas, he’ll go for the Magic Millions Sprint.”

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