12 of the fastest sprinters will tackle the Magic Millions Open Sprint (1100m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday as they vie for their share of the $200,000 total prize pool.
Five of the runners are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by co-favourites Whittington and Missy Longstocking at $3.90.
The Chris Waller-trained Whittington is the Open Sprint defending champion after claiming victory in the race at last year’s Magic Millions but will have to overcome a start from the widest gate this year while Liam Birchley’s Missy Longstocking finished end of the field in last year’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) and was sidelined for a year.
Will the two justify their favouritism or is a challenger waiting in the wings to emerge victorious on the day? Check out our 2015 Magic Millions Open Sprint betting tips below.
#4 Seeking More ($6)
Kelso Wood’s five-year-old gelding will carry just half a kilogram more than the 54kg minimum weight as he jumps from the ideal inside gate on Saturday with Michael Cahill. Seeking More has won three of his five starts over 1100 metres including the Listed Bribie Handicap (1100m) and finished just outside the placings in last year’s Magic Millions Sprint. Also found success in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) where he finished third to Big Money and Cape Kidnappers during the winter.
#2 Whittington ($3.90)
Reigning champion Whittington has his work cut out for him if the entire wants to retain his crown on Saturday. The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old has been lightly raced since last January, finishing outside the placings in all five of his starts and finding himself spelled for five months. Will have to overcome a start from the widest gate, whereas he jumped midfield last year, with Hugh Bowman as hoop.
#3 Happy Galaxy ($14)
Gary Moore’s five-year-old horse has seen a lot of support in the betting market with his price shortening from $21 to $14, making him the market mover of the field. Happy Galaxy will jump from barrier 13 with Damien Oliver to ride. He didn’t make much of an impression in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) last time out but should fare better against an easier field.
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