The Gold Coast has its moment in the sun with a massive $9,500,000 up for grabs for the eligible horses on Magic Millions Day with the Two-Year-Old Classic and the Three-Year-Old Guineas the feature races and we have found a best bet at Randwick and Flemington.
Gold Coast Racecourse
Race 5 Magic Millions Fillies and Mares (1300m)
The Chris Waller-trained Invincibella has won the last two Fillies and Mares Magic Millions races and it’s hard to find a reason to suggest she won’t be winning again if her effort resuming in the Christmas Classic is any guide. Although beaten by close to three-lengths, Invincibella hit the line strongly producing the quickest last 400m of the race suggesting she is right on target for Saturday’s assignment. She does have to carry 1kg extra than last year courtesy of winning the Group I Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm during the winter however Invincibella is still the best weighted horse in the race under the set weight and penalty conditions. Reckon she wins again.
The tip: (1) Invincibella ($4.60)
Race 6 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m)
He will be short in the betting however the David Vandyke-trained Alligator Blood looks head and shoulders above his rivals in the Three-Year-Old Guineas. Alligator Blood has only tasted defeat once in his six career starts and that was in the Caulfield Guineas over a mile during the Melbourne Spring Carnival when he looked home and hosed only to be nailed late by Super Seth. The son of All Too Hard has been impressive winning the Gold Edition and Vo Rogue is his two runs since a nine-week let up and is clearly the best horse in the race. Barrier 11 looks awkward on paper however Alligator Blood has the early speed to cross and settle first three in the run which should be enough to see him get home.
The tip: (2) Alligator Blood ($1.75)
Race 7 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m)
We are great believers in speed ratings especially in two -year-old races and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Farnan has the superior figures to all his Magic Millions rivals to date. After winning by close to five-lengths on debut at Canberra, Farnan showed his class winning the Wyong Magic Millions race and registering the quickest last 200m sectional of the event. Drawn to advantage in barrier five Farnan stands out as the horse to beat. Peter and Paul Snowden have weight of numbers on their side with four runners and the improving King’s Legacy’s looks the pick of them ahead of Aim. Surprisingly the second-best speed rating race was the 2YO Plate at the Gold Coast last week won by Gotta Kiss with Lady Banff a close second so both look to be over the odds at $11 and $14 respectively in early Sportsbet markets.
The tip: (2) Farnan ($6.00)
Race 4 January Cup (2000m) Listed
$8 in early betting for the Kris Lees-trained Mr Garcia looks excellent value in the January Cup. The imported stayer made a promising return to racing in the Group III Festival Stakes at Rosehill running the best 800m-200m sectional of the race before contesting the Summer Provincial Series finishing a closing third in the Wyong heat before an unlucky third in the Final at Gosford where Mr Garcia endured a chequered path in the straight before going down narrowly to his stablemate Occupy. A winner up to 2050m, Mr Garcia looks suited stepping up to 1800m on Saturday and is ready to win peaking fourth-up.
The tip: (5) Mr Garcia ($8.00)
Race 6 Bluegrass Bar Trophy (2000m)
The Matt Cumani-trained Future Score has raced well in Australia winning four races and looks a great chance for a fifth win in his adopted country at Flemington on Saturday. A Pakenham winner over 1600m resuming two back, the edge was off Future Score second-up in the Listed Lord Stakes however although outsprinted still kept coming to finish second to Odeon. 2000m looks perfect third-up and the now five-year-old won’t spend a penny in the run launching from the inside gate. Future Score stands out as the day’s best bet at Flemington.
The tip: (2) Future Score ($3.30)