The biggest race of the season in Queensland is set to run at the Gold Coast Racecourse this Saturday, January 15, as the 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic takes place as part of a cracker nine-event programme for the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day.
An esteemed 1200m sprint for two-year-old Magic Millions graduates, the $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic final field features 21 acceptors, made up of 16 guaranteed starters and five emergencies, and lead by early favourite Karuta Queen.
Currently paying $3.20, in from their opening quote of $3.30 at Luxbet, the Neville Layt-trained Not A Single Doubt filly Karuta Queen is out to maintain her unbeaten record of three wins from three starts on Saturday.
Due to jump from barrier 10, moving into seven if the emergencies don’t gain a start, Karuta Queen will be having her first start since taking out the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic on December 5.
In the present Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting markets there are just three other runners at single-figure odds to win.
Pepper Jet is the current $5.50 second elect, the Eagle Farm-based Jet Spur colt also unbeaten having won both of their career starts and drawn well in barrier four. There have been some concerns that Pepper Jet is not in peak fitness, however, suffering from some bruising to their near fore foot due to an abscess.
Schiffer has remained steady in the market at their quote of $6.50, Gerald Ryan’s last start winning Snitzel filly a live chance if they can get to the Gold Coast after finding trouble travelling to Queensland from Sydney due to road closures and flooding.
Wonderful You has also drawn well in barrier six, sitting at $8.50 in the Magic Millions Classic odds, the two-year-old General Nediym gelding representing Kelso Wood and coming off a game second to Military Grace in the Listed B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Boxing Day.
Gillian Heinrich’s Military Grace is also set to back up in the Classic on Saturday, the super consistent filly a top chance despite drawing wide with barrier 18. A proven wet tracker that can handle the waterlogged surface at the Gold Coast, Military Grace is at $10 through Luxbet after drifting out from $8.50 following the allocation of gates.
Another good longer priced runner in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic field that could cause an upset or finish in the money adding value to the Trifecta markets is Heinrich’s other contender Internal Revenue in gate two paying a very generous $21 to win through Luxbet, in from $26, and $6 to Place.
The 2011 BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic is due to run as the Gold Coast Race 7 on Saturday, jumping at 4:40pm (AEDST).
View the complete betting odds and options for the feature showdown as well as for the day’s other highlights including the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Tabcorp-owned Luxbet now!
2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Field, Barriers & Weights
|1||DOUBLE IMPACT||Jackie Crompton||Shane Scriven||14||56|
|2||FIVE O’CLOCK||Alan Bailey||Glen Colless||1||56|
|3||INTERNAL REVENUE||Gillian Heinrich||Michael Rodd||2||56|
|4||RACING STRIPES||Barry Baldwin||Jim Byrne||5||56|
|5||PEPPER JET||Liam Birchley||Damian Browne||4||56|
|6||WONDERFUL YOU||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||6||56|
|7||SNIPPETS OF GLORY||David Payne||Nash Rawiller||12||56|
|8||ZED MAN||Col Williamson||Scott Seamer||8||56|
|9||KARUTA QUEEN||Neville Layt||Tommy Berry (a)||10||54|
|10||MILITARY GRACE||Gillian Heinrich||Daniel Griffin||18||54|
|11||SCHIFFER||Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman||13||54|
|12||FAST AND SEXY||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||21||54|
|13||FLAMMABLE||Mark F Webb||Adam Best||15||54|
|14||PLAYTIME||Todd Austin||Michael Cahill||20||54|
|15||MERRYANNA||Maryann Thexton||Bobby El-Issa||16||54|
|16||COMBAT KITTY||Matthew Smith||Corey Brown||19||54|
|17emg||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy||Larry Cassidy||17||56|
|18emg||INGHAM MAGIC||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||11||54|
|19emg||DAYTIME DAZZLER||Col Williamson||–||9||56|
|20emg||RUTHLESS SECRET||Darlene Duryea||–||3||54|
|21emg||OUTBACK FORTUNE||Bruce W Hill||–||7||54|