The Magic Millions meeting will be held at the Aquis Park Gold Coast on Saturday. The course proper was rated a Good 4 on Thursday and with mainly fine weather in the Gold Coast leading up to the weekend, Aquis Park will be racing on a Good track on race day.
Bjorn Baker has a good record over the years at the Magic Millions meeting and he has another good chance with the 3YO Sir Rocket in the opening event on Saturday (Gold Coast Race 1, 1200m). This Smart Missile colt was beaten less than a length on debut in August before Baker put him out for a spell. He has given Sir Rocket two trials to get him ready for his 1st up run and he did well to win his 2nd trial at this track over 900m ten days ago. Damien Lane is likely to box seat from barrier 1 behind likely leaders Aeecee Beau and Spaceboy and Sir Rocket will give punters a great sight in the run home.
Top weight The Candy Man is the class horse in the Ferrari Magic Millions Trophy and he is certainly the horse to beat (Gold Coast Race 3, 2400m). The Barry Baldwin-trained 6YO has been in terrific form winning 3 of his last 4 starts. The Candy Man is unbeaten at the Gold Coast winning his both starts at the venue. Brad Stewart has been winning his last two rides on the gelding and is looking to make it a hattrick of wins on Saturday. With pretty good pace in the race, Stewart should be able to slot in just behind the leading bunch from barrier 9. Even with 61kg, The Candy Man would have too much class on this field.
Team Snowden can continue their stable’s good 2YO form by taking out the Magic Millions 2YO classic with King’s Legacy (Gold Coast Race 7, 1200m). This well bred colt ran 3rd on debut behind his stablemate Aim a month ago. Snowden then sent the 2YO to Brisbane and King’s Legacy took out the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes in brilliant fashion, sprinting his last 600m in 34.62secs. Kerrin McEvoy knows the horse well and he’ll be on board once again. It’s interesting that Snowden is putting winkers on the colt on Saturday and that could well be a winning move. With plenty of pace in the race, McEvoy will ease back and settle somewhere ahead of mid-field. King’s Legacy will be able to relax in transit and come home with a booming run.
By Owens Wong, Editor