A maximum field of 16 fillies and mares plus three emergencies will travel to the Gold Coast on Saturday to contest the $200,000 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m).
Just three of the 9 potential hopefuls are offering single figure odds in the race’s betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by firm favourite Champagne Cath at $3.50.
The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old mare will carry the top weight of 59kg along with Tukiyo and jump from barrier six with Hugh Bowman to ride.
After finishing second last in the Group 3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) in April last year, Champagne Cath was spelled for eight months before returning in the Schweppes Handicap (1300m) on December 20, which the mare scored second place in.
Lacey Morrison’s Tukiyo is second favourite in the 2015 Fillies & Mares Handicap betting at $5.50, set to jump from barrier seven with Tommy Berry in the saddle.
The five-year-old mare was scratched from the Just Now Quality (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse on December 13 after missing out on a placing in the Listed Travel Associates Classic two weeks earlier. However the mare went on to win the Fillies and Mares Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba on the final day of the year.
Rounding out the single figure odds is the Joe Cleary-trained Stolen Kisses, who will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 17, but will come into gate 15 if the emergencies fail to make it on the field, with Jim Byrne in the saddle.
The five-year-old has finished runner-up in both her last two starts – the Carlton Mid Thunderbolt Handicap (900) and Ranvet Handicap (1200m).
Todd Austin’s Playtime will jump from barrier five with Ric McMahon as hoop and the Travel Associates Classic minor placer is a $13 shot in the betting.
Check out the complete field for the 2015 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap below and check out the odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2015 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||31x13090x2||CHAMPAGNE CATH||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||6||59kg||91|
|2||2646×61441||TUKIYO||Lacey Morrison||Tommy Berry||7||59kg||91|
|3||411×455009||DISCREET||Kelly Schweida||Brad Stewart||4||57.5kg||88|
|4||0xP214x343||PLAYTIME||Todd Austin||Ric McMahon||5||57.5kg||88|
|5||125125x87x||ANNA LIZZIE||Danny J Bougoure||Glen Colless||19||56.5kg||86|
|6||17266313×5||AVALADYLUCK||Stuart Kendrick||Daniel Griffin||14||55kg||83|
|7||068×547302||ENDLESS SHADOW||Peter Hulbert||Tegan Harrison||15||54kg||80|
|8||1x677286x1||MISS HUSSON||Bruce W Hill||Matthew McGuren (a)||2||54kg||78|
|9||01x1404x22||STOLEN KISSES||Joe Cleary||Jim Byrne||17||54kg||77|
|10||1138×41439||PANDORA CHARM||Barry Baldwin||Christian Reith||3||54kg||73|
|11||48x1249x09||CATSEYE SURPRISE||Terry Croft||Mitchell Bell||10||54kg||72|
|12||1845x17x32||PURE REALITY||Gillian Heinrich||Luke Tarrant (a)||9||54kg||70|
|13||31480×1120||NORTHERN ZOOM||Trevor Bailey||Grant Cooksley||12||54kg||69|
|14||89x8757x31||SPRING ROSE||Jared Wehlow||Jason Taylor||11||54kg||69|
|15||2x60559x73||ZIPPITY LASS||Gillian Heinrich||Michael Cahill (late alt)||13||54kg||69|
|16||3x158x3310||LOVE SHUTTLE||Toby Edmonds||Chris Munce||8||54kg||68|
|17e||45×6212115||TALON LADY||Bruce W Hill||–||16||54kg||68|
|18e||5×124||LOVEITT||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||1||54kg||67|
|19e||5×21374664||REPARTEE||Matthew Dunn||Timothy Bell||18||54kg||65|