This Saturday the 2011 BMW Magic Millions Race Day will provide punters with the premier betting markets for the weekend, a cracker nine-race card scheduled for the Gold Coast track including the 2011 Magic Millions Cup.
Featuring a small but quality field of 10 gallopers, the $328,000 R.M. Williams Magic Millions Cup (1400m) betting markets and odds are currently lead by reigning Group 1 Epsom Handicap winner Captain Sonador.
Drawn ideally midfield in barrier five, Roger Milne’s Oakey-based Shamardal four-year-old Captain Sonador is coming off a brilliant win in the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast track on January 3 and should start at the top of the odds despite their hefty 60kg weight.
The top-class Magic Millions Cup field has a number of other genuine chances, five of which are at single-figure odds to cause an upset.
Second favourite at around $4.40 is Kelso Wood’s classy Danzero mare Zero Rock, followed by Sunshine Coast runner Facile Tigre coming off a last start win on New Year’s Day at the Gold Coast and weighted ideally with just 53kg.
Other early fancies include 2009 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Phelan Ready coming off a third to Captain Sonador here, the Howard Wilson-trained local Show A Heart four-year-old Fifteen Carat who also produced a good fourth place finish in the Goldmarket and David Payne’s Sydney raider Madibagold.
The complete 2011 R.M. Williams Magic Millions Cup final field and barrier draw is listed below, the race due to jump at 3:20pm (AEDST) as Race 5 on the Gold Coast card.
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2011 Magic Millions Cup Field, Barriers & Weights
|1||CAPTAIN SONADOR||Roger Milne||Glen Boss||5||60|
|2||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Michael Cahill||2||57.5|
|3||ZERO ROCK||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||8||55.5|
|4||RASMUSSEN||Gillian Heinrich||Daniel Griffin||1||53.5|
|5||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||Bobby El-Issa||6||53|
|6||FIFTEEN CARAT||Howard Wilson||Craig Williams||10||53|
|7||MADIBAGOLD||David Payne||Larry Cassidy||3||53|
|8||FIST OF FURY||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||4||53|
|9||FACILE TIGRE||Jason McLachlan||Jim Byrne||9||53|
|10||LUCKY LEAK||Patrick Sexton||Mark Newnham||7||53|