Magic Millions Cup 2020 Odds Update: Vega One Firming Favourite

January 10, 2020

Magic Millions Cup 2020 Odds Update: Vega One Firming Favourite

Tony Gollan’s last start Brisbane winner Vega One is tipped to continue the summer wins next-up in Saturday’s 2020 Magic Millions Cup despite a wide barrier draw in the Gold Coast feature.

Crack Me Up. Photo: Steve Hart.

Crack Me Up carries top weight in the 2020 Magic Millions Cup field at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Magic Millions Day on the Gold Coast features a bumper nine-race card of lucrative races including a capacity field for the $1 million Restricted Listed Magic Millions Cup (1400m).

Heading the latest Magic Millions Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, Lope De Vega four-year-old Vega One is at a firming $3.90 having been backed in from opening odds of $7.

Michael Rodd is set to retain the ride on the gelding from barrier 13 having partnered the Queenslander for his eye-catching 1.75 length win in the $250,000 The Gateway (1400m) at Eagle Farm on December 14.

That win guaranteed Vega One a shot at the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap over the winter and, following a subsequent Doomben trial win on December 31, sees the horse start favourite for the Magic Millions Cup this weekend.

Despite the size of the field just three other runners currently sit under $10 in the $1M Magic Millions Cup betting markets including the $4.60 second elect Deep Image.

The Robert Heathcote-trained Testa Rossa six-year-old has won three of his past four starts including back-to-back victories in Brisbane last month.

Two back he set a record winning the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1300m) in 1 minute 15.12 seconds, before returning to Eagle Farm a fortnight later for a three-quarter length win in the $200,000 The Buffering (1400m).

Deep Image is also drawn wide for the Magic Millions Cup currently into barrier 16 but can overcome the gate with a forward run early and present as a danger over his pet distance.

Five-time Brisbane Premiership winning trainer Heathcote is out to shake his hoodoo at the Gold Coast track and believes Deem Image could be the horse to do so despite the wide alley.

“I’m not sure why but it’s not my favoured track,” Heathcote said.

“I won the inaugural Magic Millions QTIS race with Buffering a few years ago but outside him I haven’t had a lot of luck there.

“Maybe it’s because the horses I’ve had weren’t good enough.

“A wide alley for him is not a bad thing and he comes in three without the emergencies.

“He can be slow away so drawing off the track is not a big disadvantage.

“He’s bang in-form and I’ll be going to the races on Saturday confident he’ll run a very big race.”

The other single figure hopes are then the 60kg topweight Crack Me Up ($9) and Usain Bowler ($9.50) in on the 54kg minimum.

Mossman six-year-old joined the stables of Toby & Trent Edmonds from Liam Birchley late last year and on debut for his new stable finished fifth, only a half-length beaten in a blanket finish at big odds in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) on November 30.

Crack Me Up had barrier 14 of 15 that day and 60kg on his back so was impressive under the circumstances and has won a subsequent Gold Coast trial ahead of his return on the weekend.

Melbourne raider Usain Bowler is second-up and looking to atone for his 10th at Randwick on December 21 over 1200m, the So You Think five-year-old getting his chance to do so coming back six kilos.

Defending champion Redouble will start from the outside alley with Craig Williams in the saddle again, the horse a $12 chance despite a four kilo increase on his 54kg winning weight from 12 months ago.

Click here for the latest Magic Millions Cup 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Magic Millions Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 40x4x578x5 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Toby & Trent Edmonds Jason Collett 9 60kg 106
2 4017×46003 REDOUBLE Bjorn Baker Craig Williams 20 58kg 102
3 873×121311 DEEP IMAGE Robert Heathcote Robbie Fradd 18 57.5kg 101
4 x37242x037 SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 15 57kg 100
5 0x56482x70 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE Darryl Hansen Micheal Hellyer 11 55.5kg 97
6 212191×821 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Michael Rodd 14 55.5kg 97
7 x121x132x2 SCALLOPINI Steven O’Dea 16 54.5kg 95
8 629x711x32 SMARTEDGE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 17 54kg 91
9 212110×151 CRUZE Barry Lockwood Dale Smith 7 54kg 90
10 0x514081x0 USAIN BOWLER John Sadler Luke Currie 10 54kg 89.5
11 7x343133x9 LOVE SHACK BABY David Pfieffer Glen Boss 1 54kg 89
12 0x83255x03 CADOGAN Toby & Trent Edmonds Matthew McGillivray 4 54kg 85
13 211422×054 OVER EXPOSURE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Mark Du Plessis 3 54kg 85
14 225025×424 SHOGUN SUN Kelly Schweida James Orman 6 54kg 85
15 414221×817 THE PARTY GIRL David Pfieffer Jake Bayliss (late alt) 8 54kg 84
16 3409×12104 ROMANI GIRL (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 13 54kg 82
17e 1583×97391 ECHO JET Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 19 54kg 80
18e 14141×81 PHOBETOR Michael Costa Kerrin McEvoy (late alt) 5 54kg 79.5
19e 170x157x83 SOFIE’S GOLD CLASS Debbie Newham TBA 12 54kg 76
20e 32×1193254 ZOOLOGY Brent Stanley TBA 2 54kg 66

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