Race 1 - 12:40pm AEDT
This is always something of a lottery and a difficult race for punters. Altair has not had a great deal of luck during his racing career to date and he has form around a number of serious horses. I like the fact that Chris Waller has set him for this race first-up and his two barrier trials ahead of his return to the races have been sound. He has the benefit of Hugh Bowman in the saddle and the $9 currently available is well and truly over the odds.
1 Unit Altair
Race 2 - 1:15pm AEDT
Miss Toorak Flyer will start this race as a clear favourite, but I am happy to take her on at the current price. The wide barrier draw is far from ideal and she does map to get a long way back with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Stanley Park has recorded three wins from his five race starts and he is a horse that has put together an excellent record. He was able to lead from start to finish at the Sunshine Coast last start and Michael Walker really should be able to control this race from the outset.
1.5 Units Stanley Park
Race 3 - 1:50pm AEDT
Ours To Keep showed plenty of talent as a two-year-old and he has been able to return to that sort of form this campaign. There was plenty of merit in his last start win at Eagle Farm and this race really isn’t that much stronger. He has the speed to cross this field and take up the running from the wide draw and if he does find the front, he will prove tough to run down.
1 Unit Ours To Keep
Race 4 - 2:25pm AEDT
An excellent ride from Brenton Avdulla helped Tally return to winning form in the Shoot Out Quality and the Magic Millions Trophy isn’t much tougher. He isn’t a horse with a great strike rate, but he has generally raced across top company and he beat a strong field to win the Eclipse Stakes at Ladbrokes Park during the Spring. On his best form he is the clear class horse in this field and Avdulla should be able to come him to the front once again.
1.5 Units Tally
Race 5 - 3:00pm AEDT
Houtzen opened at $2 in early Magic Millions Snippets betting and that price did not last long. It is very tough to beat against the 2017 Magic Millions Classic winner in a race of this quality. She wasn’t beaten far at Group 1 level in both the Moir Stakes and the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes during the Spring before she returned to the races with an effortless victory in the Bribie Quality at Doomben. I think that she is better over 1100 metres than she is over 1200 metres, but she should still prove too classy for her rivals in this contest.
Race 6 - 3:35pm AEDT
Manicure has always been a mare that has promised plenty and she is well-placed to score the biggest win of her racing career to date. She returned after a lengthy lay-off to claim an impressive win in the Nudgee Stakes last start and she still has the scope to improve on that performance. If she does improve, she will go to a level that perhaps only Invincibella can match. Barrier seven is an ideal barrier for her and having James McDonald in the saddle is always a positive.
2 Units Manicure
Race 7 - 4:15pm AEDT
I am happy to forgive Outback Barbie for her flop in the Vo Rogue Plate. The wide barrier draw meant that she had to get a long way back and she had genuine excuses in the straight. She showed in the Mode Stakes and the Gold Edition Plate that she can settler closer to the speed when she has drawn well and she maps to get an ideal run in transit with James McDonald in the saddle from barrier three.
Boomsara already looked a good risk at his current price and the wide barrier draw definitely hurt his chances. There is no doubt that he was very impressive in the Vo Rogue Plate, but that was a clear spike performance. The speed map for him is very ugly from barrier 18 and I am happy to take him on.
3 Units Outback Barbie
Race 8 - 5:00pm AEDT
This is one of the most open editions of the Magic Millions Classic and you can make a case for the majority of the field. The early betting move for Dubious does not surprise me and he is the horse to beat. He won the Breeders Plate in impressive fashion on debut and he showed a fair amount of toughness to win at Eagle Farm last start. I don’t think that Ciaron Maher had him fully would up for that contest and he should now be at peak fitness. Of all the leading chances, he was the clear winner of the barrier draw and he will get the run of the race from barrier seven.
The other horse that appeals is Czarson. He should have enough early speed to take up the running and hold-out his stablemate Unite And Conquer. His two victories in New South Wales were full of merit, he flogged Exhilarates on debut, and he recently beat Unite And Conquer in a barrier trial. If he is able to find the lead, he will be tough to run down.
1.5 Units Dubious
1.5 Units Czarson
Race 9 - 5:40pm AEDT
Arbeitsam has been set for this race by trainer Gai Waterhouse and it does look like a lovely target for him. It has been a while since he recorded a race win, but he wasn’t beaten far in races like the Shannon Stakes and Epsom Handicap in the Spring. His recent barrier trial win at Warwick Farm suggests that he is fairly forward for his return to the races and he is a horse that makes his own luck right on the speed. This is his chance to return to winning form.
1.5 Units Arbeitsam