Canberra mare Capital Commander will be given the opportunity to defend her title next month when she contests the 2013 Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast.
The five-year-old took out the $200,000 event by a length last year and trainer Nick Olive has geared her entire campaign towards repeating that success.
After experiencing less than ideal form in three starts in August, Capital Commander has picked up her form in recent times, finishing a narrow second in the Listed Nivision at Randwick in October and was again runner-up in the Gold Snake Gully Cup at Gundagai last month.
The Commands mare will have her final Magic Millions lead-up at Rosehill this weekend where will she carry 56kg in the Parramatta Leagues Club Handicap.
Olive opted to take on the males in the $85,000 event rather than be forced to deal with a 60.5kg impost in the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap for fillies and mares.
“Her whole campaign has been leading to the Magic Millions and this will be her last start before that race so I wanted a senior rider and less weight,” Olive said.
“If we went to the other race I would have had to claim.”
Capital Commander will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy on Saturday for what she is rated an $18 chance.
Favourite to win the $85,000 race is Gerald Ryan-trained four-year-old Angel Of Mercy ($4.20) who is slightly ahead of Samui Lad ($4.60) form the Gai Waterhouse stable.
Others featuring in the market include the in-form Uate ($6.00), Chris Waller’s Coup Ay Tee ($6.00), veteran last-start winner Irish Jig ($9.00) and the Bjorn Baker-trained Havana Rey ($9.00).
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