It nearly took her the entire day but Gai Waterhouse scored her typical Magic Millions win with Spurtonic in the $400,000 Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Spurtonic upset race favourite Strawberry Boy, who was offering odds of $4 at Ladbrokes.com.au. The gelding delivered a late burst of speed to cross the line just a head in front of Strawberry Boy while The Bowler ($6.50) was another head away in third.
With odds of $12 to win the 2015 Magic Millions Cup, Spurtonic was a great betting prospect for punters. The rejuvenated five-year-old scored his first win since the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) in October 2013 and did well to turn his form around that saw him finish dead last in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) and fifth in the Filante Handicap (1500m) – his only two starts in 2014.
The seven barrier trials Waterhouse gave Spurtonic throughout the year obviously paid off.
“I’ve waited and waited until I had him right and it’s only been in the last week that he’s come into his own,” the trainer told Sky Racing.
“When he walked around the enclosure before the race today I knew I had him right.
“Since he’s been up here he’s just been shooting the breeze and he’s really loved being at Nudgee Beach.”
Waterhouse remained tight-lipped about future plans for Spurtonic but a Sydney autumn carnival is the next logical step.
“We’ll just celebrate this win then let the dust settle before I work out a program for him in the autumn,” she said.
Spurtonic won $228,000 of the $400,000 total prizepool for the 2015 Magic Millions Cup, doubling the gelding’s career earnings to $488,000.
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2015 Magic Millions Cup Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||SPURTONIC||Gai Waterhouse||Hugh Bowman||–||10||58.5kg||$12|
|2||2||STRAWBERRY BOY||Chris Waller||Damian Browne||0.2L||1||59kg||$4|
|3||9||THE BOWLER||Robert Smerdon||Brenton Avdulla||0.4L||5||54kg||$6.50|
|4||1||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||0.7L||11||59.5kg||$8|
|5||7||HARADA BAY||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||Michael Cahill||0.8L||13||54kg||$8|
|6||4||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Luke Tarrant (a/50kg)||1.8L||2||56kg||$6.50|
|7||5||SALUTER||Robert Heathcote||Jim Byrne||2L||9||54kg||$15|
|8||6||GUNDY SON||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||2.3L||4||54kg||$19|
|9||8||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||2.4L||12||54kg||$14|
|10||14||PALMERA LAD||Roslyn Pratt||Anthony Allen||3.4L||14||54kg||$31|
|11||11||ABU BEN ADAM||Pat Duff||Glen Colless||3.5L||8||54kg||$41|
|12||15||DOUSAICHI||Trevor Bailey||Timothy Bell||3.6L||7||54kg||$151|
|13||10||ROMANARMA||Desleigh Forster||Daniel Griffin||4.6L||3||54kg||$31|
|14||12||FOXBAT||Trevor Bailey||Christian Reith||17.1L||6||54kg||$101|
|–||13||SNIPPETS LAND||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||–||0||54kg||–|