2015 Magic Millions Classic Barrier Draw – Claudia Jean Scores Inside Run

January 6th, 2015

The barriers have been drawn for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast this Saturday, with early favourite Claudia Jean scoring the inside run from barrier one.

Flameno (inside) is Liam Birchley's best chance at winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic after drawing barrier two.

Flameno (inside) is Liam Birchley’s best chance at winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic after drawing barrier two. Photo by Daniel Costello.

After impressively winning the Christmas Season Plate (1000m) by three and a half lengths on debut in December, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained filly was the $5.50 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Although the filly has yet to be tested over 1200m or on a clockwise track, scoring a start from barrier one has given her a boost to win the richest summer race.

Hayes & Dabernig will also saddle Miss Idyllic in Saturday’s race, however the filly will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 19 (into 14 if the emergencies are scratched). The trainers were quietly confident of her chances given the filly has the benefit of running the TAB Place Multi Plate (1100m) in the clockwise direction but a wide draw is a hindrance.

Wicked Intent was $6 second favourite in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting before the barrier draw and will jump from barrier five.

Barry Mitchell’s colt won his first three starts including the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) at Doomben Racecourse on December 13 before finishing runner-up in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) on December 27 – his first test over the distance of the Classic and against tougher rivals.

Gai Waterhouse’s Carriages has become the forgotten runner of the 2015 Magic Millions Classic after a leg injury caused the filly to miss the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) after dominating the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) back in November. Her chances haven’t been made any better after scoring the widest barrier.

Of Liam Birchley’s three runners, Flamenco is the trainer’s best chance after drawing the second barrier. The two-year-old filly won the Calaway Gal Stakes a nose ahead of rival Flamenco Girl despite being hampered at the start.

Rounding out Birchley’s three-pronged attack is Saga Of The Storm, who will jump from barrier 10, and Pepperano, who will jump from barrier 17.

Saga Of The Storm won the Brisbane Marriott Hotel QTIS Handicap (1110m) by one length last time out while Pepperano won the Capture The Feeling QTIS Handicap (1110m) before missing out on a placing in the Magic Millions QTIS Plate (1050m).

Check out the complete final field and barrier draw for the Magic Millions Classic below to get a comprehensive guide to the race before the betting markets open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

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2015 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Field & Barrier Draw

# Form Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 1112 WICKED INTENT Barry A Mitchell Chris Munce 5 57kg
2 21 ZOUTENANT Kevin Moses Glyn Schofield 7 57kg
3 511 LE CHEF Darryl Hansen Luke Tarrant (a) 3 57kg
4 244 OLD TRIESTE Andrew Noblet Jim Byrne 20 57kg
5 2 SURF SEEKER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 18 57kg
6 31 CARRIAGES Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 21 55kg
7 1131 FREQUENDLY Les Ross Brad Stewart 4 55kg
8 13 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Damien Oliver 6 55kg
9 1 FLAMENCO Liam Birchley Larry Cassidy 2 55kg
10 2422 MISS IDYLLIC David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 19 55kg
11 41 PERIGNON Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 11 55kg
12 21×6 MADOTTI Matthew Dunn Timothy Bell 15 55kg
13 31 SAGA OF THE STORM Liam Birchley Robert Thompson 10 55kg
14 1 CLAUDIA JEAN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 1 55kg
15 14 PEPPERANO Liam Birchley Damian Browne 17 55kg
16 13 RACY Gary Portelli Joshua Parr 9 55kg
17e 127 FLAMENCO GIRL Danny J Bougoure TBA 16 55kg
18e 235 RIGHT OF WAY Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 12 55kg
19e 22 REAL GOOD Trevor Miller TBA 14 57kg
20e 253 STAR OF NIGHT David Kelly TBA 13 55kg
21e 33545 WICKED INVESTMENT Paul Butterworth TBA 8 57kg