Private Secretary Flashes Home to Win Magic Millions Fillies & Mares

January 14, 2017

Private Secretary Flashes Home to Win Magic Millions Fillies & Mares

Private Secretary has produced a huge turn of foot in the final straight at the Gold Coast to post a career-best win in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m) this afternoon.

The start Magic Millions Plate was delayed briefly as Private Secretary was re-shoed and the mare appeared to be up against in from the outset when only fair from the barriers and forced to settle off the pace of Egyptian Symbol and Frill Seeking.

Wide and off the pace as the field rounded onto the final straight, jockey Ben Melham was forced to bide his time, but was greeted with a scintillating turn of foot when he asked for an extra effort and was a passenger as the seven-year-old swallowed up her rivals; bobbing at the right time to beat I Am Zelady on the line.

An emotional Greg Hickman was on hand for Private Secretary’s return to winning form in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares and was understandably thrilled with the mare’s performance.

“Before the other people went up and thought that they’d won and I thought, well I don’t know, and then they put the replay up and she had,” Hickman said after the race.

“Everything has gone well and I’ve been happy with her preparation and yes we do need a bit of luck.

“She’s travelled here, there and everywhere and I’m just happy that she’s been able to do it.”

Private Secretary has not been far off the mark since she resumed for a smart third in the Group 3 Sensis Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Derby Day; running a close second in the Listed Colin McAlpine Classic (1200m) on November 26th and trialling well in the lead-up to this afternoon’s $600,000 win.

Winner of the race in 2016, I Am Zelady appeared to have successfully defended her title in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares this afternoon and was gallant in second, while long-odds runner Bidii Babe rounded out the minors.

Punters who backed Private Secretary win Magic Millions Fillies & Mares betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on $5 odds!

2017 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 9 PRIVATE SECRETARY Gregory Hickman Ben Melham 14 55.5kg $5F
2 2 I AM ZELADY Joseph Pride Tim Clark 0.1L 2 58.5kg $15
3 16 BIDII BABE Robert Heathcote Larry Cassidy 1.1L 3 55.5kg $51
4 14 DENPURR Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 1.6L 11 55.5kg $15
5 1 FLIPPANT Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 1.8L 16 59.5kg $10
6 3 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 1.9L 4 58.5kg $2.60
7 6 KINSHACHI John O’Shea Jeff Lloyd 2.4L 1 57.5kg $8.50
8 5 CATCH A FIRE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 2.5L 15 58.5kg $41
9 8 ELLE LOU Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.6L 6 56.5kg $21
10 12 DEE NINE ELLE Tony Gollan Noel Callow 3.4L 8 55.5kg $31
11 13 NOTONYOURLIFE Tony Gollan Robbie Fradd 3.6L 10 55.5kg $31
12 4 HIJACK HUSSY Darren Weir Damian Lane 3.7L 7 58.5kg $31
13 15 FRILL SEEKING Matthew Smith Jim Byrne 4.2L 13 55.5kg $101
14 10 FIFTYSHADESOFGREY Marc Conners Joshua Parr 4.3L 9 55.5kg $101
15 17e STAR OF NIGHT David Kelly Paul Hammersley 8.3L 12 55.5kg $61
16 11 PIONEERING Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10.1L 5 55.5kg $10

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