In a day of upset wins from outside barriers, Endless Shadow continued the trend on Saturday at the Gold Coast by winning the $200,000 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m).
A capacity field of 16 fillies and mares tackled the sprint-mile race with the $19 hopeful at Ladbrokes.com.au winning three quarters of a length from Anna Lizzie ($17) while favourite Champagne Cath ($3.30) was just a nose behind in third.
Endless Shadow jumped well from barrier 13 and was gathering speed in a hurry. Both the six-year-old mare and Champagne Cath made their move up the outside after coming into the straight.
Local favourite jockey Tegan Harrison scored the winning ride and what a treat it was. She delivered a late charge at the right time when the leaders had just run out of speed.
The soft track that had clearly stumped many of the other runners had worked in Endless Shadow’s favour.
“We were pretty wide the whole trip but she was jogging back in distance so she was just fit enough to be tough at the end,” Harrison said following the race.
“I won a lot of races on the horse the last time she was in Brisbane but since she’s been with Pete I’ve had no luck even though he’s done a fantastic job with her.
“I got the ride on her today and she’s coming back to her best, he’s obviously worked her out and I hope they have a lot of fun together.”
The mare’s trainer Peter Hulbert was emotional following the victory but had been confident of her chances after finishing runner-up in the Fillies & Mares Benchmark 85 Handicap (1400m) a fortnight previously.
“This is outstanding,” he said.
“To do it on Magic Millions Day is unbelievable.”
The 2015 Magic Millions Race Day was full of shocking wins and the emotions are only set to heighten next year following the boost in prizemoney.
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2015 Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap
|1||7||ENDLESS SHADOW||Peter Hulbert||Tegan Harrison||–||13||54kg||$19|
|2||5||ANNA LIZZIE||Danny J Bougoure||Glen Colless||0.8L||16||56.5kg||$17|
|3||1||CHAMPAGNE CATH||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||0.9L||4||59kg||$3.30|
|4||12||PURE REALITY||Gillian Heinrich||Luke Tarrant (a/50kg)||1.9L||7||54kg||$26|
|5||17||TALON LADY||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||2.1L||14||54kg||$51|
|6||9||STOLEN KISSES||Joe Cleary||Jim Byrne||2.2L||15||54kg||$8|
|7||11||CATSEYE SURPRISE||Terry Croft||Mitchell Bell||2.3L||8||54kg||$41|
|8||16||LOVE SHUTTLE||Toby Edmonds||Chris Munce||2.5L||6||54kg||$41|
|9||6||AVALADYLUCK||Stuart Kendrick||Daniel Griffin||2.6L||12||55kg||$13|
|10||8||MISS HUSSON||Bruce W Hill||Matthew McGuren (a/55kg)||2.8L||1||54kg||$6.50|
|11||4||PLAYTIME||Todd Austin||Ric McMahon||2.9L||3||57.5kg||$11|
|12||2||TUKIYO||Lacey Morrison||Tommy Berry||3.9L||5||59kg||$6|
|13||13||NORTHERN ZOOM||Trevor Bailey||Grant Cooksley||4.7L||10||54kg||$31|
|14||14||SPRING ROSE||Jared Wehlow||Jason Taylor||4.9L||9||54kg||$51|
|15||10||PANDORA CHARM||Barry Baldwin||Christian Reith||6.2L||2||54kg||$31|
|16||15||ZIPPITY LASS||Gillian Heinrich||Michael Cahill||8.2L||11||54kg||$51|
|–||19||REPARTEE||Matthew Dunn||Timothy Bell||–||0||54kg||–|
|–||18||LOVEITT||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||–||0||54kg||–|
|–||3||DISCREET||Kelly Schweida||Brad Stewart||–||0||57.5kg||–|