I’m not sure why, but I look forward to Magic Millions Day every year.
The annual feature raceday of big fields, with big stakes up for grabs, around the tiny Bundall circuit has never been my friend and is not the punter’s friend in general. And that adage was again proving true on Saturday.
But there’s something to be said for how they do it on the G.C. that makes losing seem fun. And I was having no trouble finding unique ways to do my cash Saturday.
Jonker (Gold Coast Race 4)
I declared him in this race back in mid-November after his first run for the Gollan stable and he didn’t let us down. Had a bit to do from the draw, but the price was right and overcame the gate to cross, lead, before fighting gamely the final furlong for a very smart win. His biggest to date, and while this may have been a sales restricted race, I don’t think this Entire is finished yet. Expect him to be very competitive right up to the top level in the Sydney Autumn and certainly through the Brisbane winter. Would love to see him over 1000m or 1100m at Flemington with that kind of top line speed.
Aim (Gold Coast Race 7)
Was well worth including in multiples after a total forgive run at the Kenso first up after having the ultimate gear change. Not the most impressive type so I can see why it made sense to cut him but he gave them a galloping lesson in the Guineas. Suspect there’s some fairly suspect form behind him with Maloney falling off Isotope who looked every bit the winner on the bend and Away Game not up to the trip and he himself only a Benchmark horse in Sydney. Would think his future feature spoils lie this side of the border, but may just have a fitness drop on a few resuming if he heads back to Sydney.
Private Eye (Syd Race 9)
Thought he might have met his mark today particularly being an Al Maher back on a dry surface. And you would have been happy to lay him at the 400m. 200m later the race was over. Will get a mile at least on breeding and looks to be one of the better finds of the New Year. Has a future. Third horse Cuban Royale due any day now.
Queen of Wizardy (Gold Coast Race 6)
The first of three horror watches for this week’s ‘Forgive File.’ Steph Thornton did every right to the corner then for her it was simply a case of watch the ‘big race rider’ in action. Hugh Bowman, one pair in front, angled across heels on the corner to secure clear running for the short run home of the Gold Coast track. An absolute must on this circuit with this kind of bugs bunny on offer. And the race was won right there. Through lack of experience, confidence, initiative, or all three, Thornton opted for runs back along the inside and all as she got on the pint-sized filly was the rounds of the kitchen from tiring horses. Thought she was lucky to keep the ride after nearly slaughtering it on debut, and I imagine connections are probably cursing their loyalty post-race. Should have run a clear 2nd, at least. Stick with her, she’s the right type of racy 2yo that will stand up to an Autumn campaign.
Isotope (Gold Coast Race 7)
Ongoing stewards enquiry here so I’ll keep it brief. But to say…you are entitled to expect better from a senior rider, particularly in a million dollar race. Fence produced winners throughout the program and there were at least three horses to his inside with nothing but daylight in front of the filly. Was bolting on the corner, would have won the race and I await with interest as to his excuse for clipping heels. But a referral back to apprentice school might not be a bad idea! Could have gotten ugly, luckily everyone escaped injury… barring R Maloney’s pride I imagine.
Yao Dash (Gold Coast Race 8)
Talk about referring blokes back to apprentice school! B Avdulla get in the queue son! An absolute shocker. Box seated third the fence with Nash on eventual winner two pairs behind him. For whatever reason he decided to take the long way home on the corner, and shift across four sets of heels. All the while the wily Rawiller railed through behind him, never going around a horse and held him to 0.6L on the line after coming again late. Dead set cost himself 3L plus by getting off the fence. Why, I don’t really know. Should have bolted in!
Ballistic Boy (Gold Coast Race 3)
Very surprised they backed him up again. A talent but nothing went right back end of the prep. Give him a couple of runs next time in. Has a good race in him.
Smart Image (Syd Race 9)
Looked an out and out ‘Black Type’ horse first up. Prepared to forgive him for the run on a Heavy 8 Kenso but was disappointing Saturday. Wasn’t thrilled about the idea to go forward on him, and got keen under McEvoy, as they can do, in transit as a result. Not totally sacked but needs to be ridden cold and would rather see him hitting the line in a trial than chancing my hard earned straight back to the races.
Yamazaki (Gold Coast Race 9)
Has come back with that nasty habit of not wanting to go in or come out of the machine. Can let rip when right, but her head’s not in the game at the moment. Just another way to do your cash, late on a tough day.