Crack Me Up Tops 2018 Magic Millions Cup Nominations

January 3, 2018

Crack Me Up Tops 2018 Magic Millions Cup Nominations

Liam Birchley’s last start Villiers Stakes winner Crack Me Up gets the chance to continue his outstanding season having been nominated for a Magic Millions Cup 2018 bid at the Gold Coast on January 13.

Crack Me Up

Villiers Stakes winner Crack Me Up is the headline nominee for the 2018 Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast on January 13. Photo: Steve Hart.

Racing Queensland took early entries for all the support Magic Millions Races for this month’s major meeting including those for the Restricted Listed $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) that attracted 32 nominations.

Heading the possible line-up is flying Mossman four-year-old Crack Me Up from the Woodford stables of Birchley.

A winner of three of his past five starts, Crack Me Up was last seen travelling to Sydney on December 16 to win Randwick’s Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m).

He is back down in distance for the Magic Millions Cup, the half-a-million-dollar earner racing at the Gold Coast for the first time since his failed 10th as a $51 roughie in last year’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

Also in outstanding form and out to extend a winning streak in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup in 2018 is the Matthew Dunn-trained So You Think four-year-old Care To Think.

The gelding has saluted in his past four starts going back to the winter and was last seen beating home the highly-rated Most Important by a length and a half at Doomben on December 30 in the $150,000 Magic Millions The Buffering (1350m).

Dunn has a total of three Magic Millions Cup nominees with Care To Think joined by in-form six-year-old Steamin’ and last year’s second placegetter Perfect Dare coming off a December 23 win over 1200m at the Gold Coast.

Also out of that Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup lead-up race won by Care To Think is the runner-up Most Important for Tony Gollan.

A five-year-old son of I Am Invincible, Most Important has raced at the Gold Coast track three times previously for just the one second in the 2015 edition of the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m).

He contested last year’s Magic Millions Cup finishing under a length back for fifth in a blanket result behind the winner Testashadow and is out to return to winning form having won the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) two back at Doomben.

Also out of last year’s Magic Millions Cup results looking to improve in 2018 is third placed Snippet’s Land for Peter & Paul Snowden who has been out of form this campaign.

Other standout entries include Rowley Mile winning Snitzel four-year-old Arbeitsam for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and the Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler.

Arbeitsam enjoyed a trio of wins before his last start fourth to Wild Heart in the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m) where he was just under two lengths beaten as the unsuccessful odds-on favourite.

Veteran eight-year-old Lucky Hussler is a winner of over $2.1 million in prize money thanks to wins in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes and Toorak Handicap in 2015.

He also saluted in the 2016 edition of the Magic Millions Cup and was recently in form saluting at The Valley on Cox Plate Day in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m).

Check out the full Magic Millions Cup 2018 nominations below, early betting to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Magic Millions Cup Nominations

Gold Coast Racecourse – 13/01/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x2712111x4 ARBEITSAM G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2 8x3339x843 BAGGIO G 5 Les Kelly 63
3 x262211x11 CARE TO THINK G 4 Matthew Dunn
4 40211×2141 CRACK ME UP (NZ) G 4 Liam Birchley
5 21209×3262 CRAFTY COP G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
6 10×41 CRUZE G 3 Barry Lockwood 67
7 x410x97620 ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman
8 653×422327 I THOUGHT SO G 4 David Pfieffer 90
9 466×113274 INVINCIBELLA M 4 Chris Waller 91
10 1xP13x1711 INVINCIBLE QUEST G 5 Brett Partelle
11 1807×98110 INVINZABEEL G 6 Chris Waller
12 705×600105 LUCKY HUSSLER G 8 Darren Weir
13 3133198×30 LUPO NERO G 6 Kristie Clark-Peoples 59
14 062x363x54 MAN OF CHOICE G 5 Robert & Luke Price
15 134x6126x5 MERRIEST M 4 Danny O’Brien
16 1158×41362 MILWAUKEE G 4 Michael Moroney
17 64106300×2 MISS KINDILAN M 4 Barry Lockwood 65
18 15x00x6412 MOST IMPORTANT G 5 Tony Gollan 105
19 22516×3714 NIKITAS H 4 Darren Weir
20 19x40x10x2 OAK DOOR H 4 Robert Smerdon
21 2x165x770x OUR STORY M 5 Billy & Dale Healey 68
22 5344252111 OZI CHOICE G 5 Darren Weir
23 210x30x891 PERFECT DARE G 5 Matthew Dunn 93
24 326459×338 POWERLINE G 6 Kris Lees
25 75x27121x SHE’S A YOUEFFOH M 4 Les Kelly 62
26 x650296x58 SNIPPETS LAND G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
27 1120x20x38 SNOOPY G 5 Chris Munce 94
28 224107×351 SOHO RUBY M 4 Levi Kavanagh
29 x6541531x2 STEAMIN’ G 6 Matthew Dunn
30 x410x35393 STRIKE FORCE G 5 Michael Moroney
31 11233×8441 TRUST ME G 4 Brett Partelle
32 41303x0x40 WEINHOLT G 7 Desleigh Forster 89

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