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Godolphin’s last-start The Buffering winner Kementari has retained narrow favouritism to keep the wins coming in Saturday’s 2022 Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast despite carrying the hefty 61kg top-weight in the Restricted Listed feature.
One of 10 races on Saturday’s bumper Magic Millions Day race card in Queensland, this season’s $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) field features a capacity line-up of summer hopefuls.
Heading the latest Magic Millions Cup odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au is the James Cummings-trained Kementari at $5 jumping from gate four with Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
Rawiller chases his third Magic Millions Cup win in the past 20 years following victories aboard Theseo (2008) and Eleven Eleven (2021) last season.
He also rode Lonhro seven-year-old Kementari last time out when the $2.5 million earner best handled the Heavy (10) Doomben track on New Year’s Day to claim The Buffering (1350m).
Saturday marks the horse’s first start at the Gold Coast track, but the bookies are taking no chances tipping Kementari as the class runner and one to beat.
The danger occupying the second line of Magic Millions Cup betting at $6 is the Desleigh Forster-trained Apache Chase who suffered a blow drawing extremely wide (21).
The ultra-consistent Better Than Ready four-year-old is yet to run a place from two previous Gold Coast starts, but has an excellent record at the distance (9:6-0-1) and form around some of the country’s top runners.
He was fourth in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill last October before victory in The Gateway at Eagle Farm in December.
His lead-up third in The Buffering in the wet was promising and he remains in with a chance despite the draw.
Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has four final acceptors in the Magic Millions Cup field with his contingent led in betting by Fastnet Rock mare Nudge ($7.50).
She chases her first win since the $500,000 Sapphire Stakes at Eagle Farm last June, which she backed-up from to run second behind Tofane in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara.
Nudge has raced consistently since placing in events including the $1 million The Gong (2nd) and Listed Nudgee Handicap (3rd) on New Year’s Day at Doomben last time out.
The other Waller-trained runners in the mix are last start December Handicap winner Oscar Zulu ($18), Lough Neagh runner-up in Brisbane last time out Sambro ($31) and roughie hope Blondeau ($17).
Rounding out the single-figure chances are last year’s champion Eleven Eleven ($9.50 into $8) who is also the early market mover and the Will Clarken-trained Beau Rossa ($8.50).
Five-year-old Eleven Eleven won the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in 2020 and last year’s Magic Millions Cup for a two-from-three Gold Coast record ahead of Saturday.
Beau Rossa meanwhile enjoyed a strong spring in Melbourne headlined by his Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) second to Behemoth and was good fresh on Boxing Day when carrying 60kg for fourth in the Listed Falvelon at Doomben.
2022 Magic Millions Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6602×14741||KEMENTARI||James Cummings||Nash Rawiller||4||61kg||111|
|2||1210×11413||APACHE CHASE||Desleigh Forster||Jim Byrne||21||59kg||107|
|3||210x1227x4||BEAU ROSSA||Will Clarken||Todd Pannell||16||58.5kg||106|
|4||1x6756x418||ELEVEN ELEVEN||Gregory Hickman||Hugh Bowman||5||58kg||105|
|5||21158x11x8||BALLISTIC BOY||Chris Anderson||Brad Stewart||9||57kg||103|
|6||33x1414x46||HARD EMPIRE||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Ryan Maloney||10||56.5kg||102|
|7||2112×30623||NUDGE||Chris Waller||James McDonald||12||56kg||105|
|8||1x967x10x0||AIM||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||22||54.5kg||98|
|9||243x1176x9||FROSTY ROCKS||Bjorn Baker||Ms Rachel King||15||54.5kg||98|
|10||x221140x77||EDISON||Bjorn Baker||Craig Newitt||14||54kg||94|
|11||x5111630x1||OSCAR ZULU||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||19||54kg||94|
|12||6805x673x2||SAMBRO||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||13||54kg||92|
|13||28×2614341||ANIMATE||Kris Lees||Andrew Mallyon||6||54kg||54.5kg||90|
|14||1121322×59||AXE||Michael Costa||Boris Thornton||8||54kg||90|
|15||80x17033x3||PROFIT||Chris Anderson||Brett Prebble||23||54kg||54.5kg||90|
|16||5x03930x36||POETIC CHARMER||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ben Thompson||11||54kg||89.5|
|17||x05206x831||HOLYFIELD||Annabel Neasham||Tim Clark||3||54kg||88|
|18||33413243×8||BLONDEAU||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||17||54kg||86|
|19e||x18x114121||SIR ROCKET||Michael Costa||1||54kg||85|
|20e||01x573000x||MR MONEY BAGS||Damien Batters||Ms Stephanie Thornton||20||54kg||83|
|21e||12x3x11x01||THE RITZ||Michael Costa||Robbie Fradd||7||54kg||78|
|22e||x3606x6403||THUNDER MANIA||John Symons & Sheila Laxon||2||54kg||71|
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