14 middle-distance runners are set to start the Magic Millions Stayers Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday with four emergencies also waiting in the wings.
The Chris Waller-trained Amovatio quickly became the race favourite after drawing the inside gate with Damien Oliver aboard. The four-year-old gelding is $4.20 favourite in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of fellow single figure hopefuls Tinto, Our Boy Nicholas, Off The Rails, and Danas Best.
Amovatio has finished in the first two his past four times out, which includes winning the December Handicap (1550m) at Canterbury Park on December 27.
Rex Lipp’s Tinto didn’t get any favours in the barrier draw and is due to jump from the outside gate. The four-year-old mare is also the sole topweighter at 59kg, which us five kilograms more to carry than the majority of the field.
Still the mare is on the second line of betting along with Our Boy Nicholas, offering $5.50 to win the 2015 Magic Millions Stayers Cup, due to her past form.
Tinto finished just outside the placings during the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (2014) at last year’s meeting, pocketing $25,000 of the $1 million total prize pool. She then went on to win both the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) and Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) during the winter as well as finishing runner-up in the Group 2 Gold The Roses (2000m).
After five months off, Tinto returned to place in both the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) and Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) – both at Doomben Racecourse – before winning the Listed City Of Toowoomba Bernborough Handicap (1625m) on the final day of the year.
The Toby Edmonds-trained Our Boy Nicholas will jump from barrier four with James McDonald in the saddle.
This campaign the four-year-old entire finished runner-up in the Coca-Cola Class 6 Handicap (1350m) before winning the Hahn Super Dry Class 6 Plate (1600m) by over two lengths.
Off The Rails ($6) and Danas Best ($7) round out the single figure odds after drawing barriers 14 and 17 respectively.
Bjorn Baker’s Off The Rails has finished in the first three in all four of his starts this campaign while Gai Waterhouse’s Danas Best returned to the track after ten months on the sidelines in the Tab Rewards Handicap (1500m) on December 20, finishing just outside the placings.
Bruce Hill’s Casarati earned his place on the field after Kris Lees’ Unique was scratched on Thursday morning.
The four-year-old is a $41 hopeful but will enjoy an inside run from barrier two with Matthew McGuren to ride.
Check out the complete field for the 2015 Magic Millions Stayers Cup below before placing your bet at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2015 Magic Millions Stayers Cup Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||881218×231||TINTO||Rex Lipp||Timothy Bell||19||59kg||104|
|2||1553241221||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||1||56.5kg||95|
|3||6597×84741||GOLDSLICK||Liam Birchley||Michael Cahill||7||54kg||91|
|4||62137×0406||NOISY OCEAN||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||15||54kg||89|
|5||x111616x21||OUR BOY NICHOLAS||Toby Edmonds||James McDonald||5||54kg||86|
|6||211179x4x4||DANAS BEST||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||17||54kg||85|
|7||12126×1312||OFF THE RAILS||Bjorn Baker||Christian Reith||14||54kg||84|
|8||7518341585||EQUISSENTIAL||Neville Saunders||Luke Tarrant (a)||10||54kg||83|
|9||3114×35045||BLACK JET||Liam Birchley||Glen Colless||12||54kg||80|
|10||57438×0217||TORNADO MISS||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||8||54kg||80|
|11||x542137814||ROYAL JESTER||Liam Birchley||Chris Munce||13||54kg||79|
|12||74060×2700||KISS ME DEADLY||Matt Kropp||Eddie Wilkinson||11||54kg||78|
|13||0484×23131||UNIQUE||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||16||54kg||76|
|14||10×6415771||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Tim Clark||4||54kg||74.5|
|15e||00×3321522||CASARATI||Bruce W Hill||Matthew McGuren (a)||2||54kg||73|
|16e||12×0232111||TRY FOUR||Col Williamson||–||18||54kg||72|
|17e||423475×298||CABALLO RAPIDO||David Murphy||–||9||54kg||69|
|18e||x3584x0812||CRAMMING||John P Thompson||Ric McMahon||6||54kg||68|
|19e||5124×24215||GENTLEMAN JACK||Brad Herne||–||3||54kg||66|