The Magic Millions 3YO Guineas makes up one of two features races this weekend as punters prepare for a huge day of racing on the Gold Coast.
The top of the market paints an intriguing picture as Isotope and Away Game step out for a rematch of their narrow encounter at Doomben late last year.
Isotope has been installed as the short-priced favourite with Ladbrokes bookmakers, while last year’s 2YO Classic winner Away Game looks set to pounce second-up from a spell.
This race shapes up to be a memorable one, and you can find our thoughts on every runner in our 2020 Magic Millions Guineas Preview below.
Apache Chase was the surprise winner of last fortnight’s Group 3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate and he looks a genuine contender to make it two in a row now.
The three-year-old exploded with a huge turn of foot to draw clear from Gotta Kiss and he will likely take some catching if Taylor Marshall takes him to the front.
Our Playboy won the Group 3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield during the winter but hasn’t returned the same horse this time in work.
The Sebring colt was severely outclassed last start in the Vo Rogue Plate and won’t find this any easier.
Away Game is one of the classiest three-year-old’s in the country as she sets out to become the first horse to win the Magic Millions Guineas after claiming the 2YO Classic the year before.
The daughter of Snitzel looked in superb order during her return to the races last month finishing a narrow second to Isotope in the Listed Gold Edition at Doomben.
Glen Boss rode her a treat in their trial win last week and the pair look an outstanding bet to gain some revenge with improvement to come.
Yes Baby Yes
Yes Baby Yes capped off her Spring campaign by winning the Group 2 Fillies Classic at Moonee Valley, but she failed to repeat that performance first-up at Eagle Farm finishing 12th in the Listed Nudgee Stakes.
She had plenty of excuses that day from the wide draw, but likely won’t find this any easier after drawing the carpark yet again.
Amish Boy has found the winner’s stall only once in nine starts as he looks to atone for a disappointing first-up run at Randwick on Boxing Day.
The son of Star Witness found an ideal spot just off the speed but struggled to make up ground before a post-race vet examination revealed a cut to one of his legs.
He appeared to be fit and firing during last week’s Rosehill trial though and looks capable of making amends.
Shooting For Gold
Shooting For Gold had no luck last time out from the wide draw in what was a total forgive run.
Prior to that, he’d won three races in a row across the Gold Coast, Doomben and Eagle Farm and could easily be considered one of the most consistent three-year-old’s going around.
He’s unproven beyond the 1300m but is worthy of an each-way shout if Ben Thompson can offset the wide gate.
Kavak won back-to-back starts at the Sunshine Coast and Doomben in October but has struggled to go on with it since.
He was a non-factor last week behind Boomnova over the 1200m and looks likely to struggle here on the short backup.
There’s no question Aim should have more wins on the board for a horse of his ability.
The Snowden-trained gelding was no match on this day last year finishing eighth in the 2YO Classic, while his form since has been spotty to say the least.
He’s sure to improve on his first-up run after striking a heavy track at Kensington, but he’d need to produce something very special after drawing barrier 18.
Safework has only one win on the board from 14 starts and is tough to recommend based on recent form.
He’s failed to find the money in three starts on his home track and this looks to be his toughest assignment to date.
Magic Conqueror won over this track and trip back in August before going on to win the Toowoomba Guineas quite comfortably two starts later.
He’s struggled to repeat that same performance in his last two runs though and the current market price more than reflects that.
Mishani Fraudster hasn’t been close to a win since returning to work last month.
He is a wet track specialist though and might be helped out with rain forecast for Saturday.
Forbidden Love has drawn very favourably in barrier four as she shoots for two in a row.
The daughter of All Too Hard flew home on the heavy track to take out the Listed Gosford Guineas last month after running on for a very bold third in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington to close out the Spring.
She’s proven she can handle any ground and the $5.50 about this filly is great value.
Isotope staked her claim as a major player in this year’s Guineas with a huge three length win in the Listed Mode Plate at Doomben last month.
She then went on to score narrowly as the odds-on favourite in the Gold Edition, gunning down Saturday’s rival Away Game with a beautiful swooping run right on the line.
The Tony Gollan yard is absolutely flying right now and there’s no denying this is the horse to beat.
Ryan Maloney gets in nice and light at the weights and he should have her settling somewhere towards midfield.
Gotta Kiss looks right on the verge of another win after finding the placings in back-to-back starts.
There was no shame in finishing runner-up to Isotope in the Mode Plate at Doomben last month, while her second to Apache Chase in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate reads extremely well for this.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt was the unfortunate victim of a float breakdown ahead of last year’s 2YO Classic on the way to a disappointing performance.
She really hasn’t run a bad race since and also finished second to Rothfire in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins.
With $14 on offer, there’s lots to like here.
Lady Banff has largely been disappointing since she returned to work.
She was no match two back in the Gold Edition at Doomben, while her effort last week in the Magic Millions Rising Stars race over the 1300m left a lot to be desired.
Barrier 21 only complicates matters.
Redoute’s Image was unlucky not to earn a start in this year’s field after finishing off well for third last week behind Stolen Jade over a touch shorter.
She’d likely prefer some sting out of the track on Saturday, and with rain about, she could run a race if she earns a spot.
Starosa has done some of her best racing close to this distance and is capable of improving on her last start sixth in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate.
She remains the second emergency at time of publish.
Boomnova is three-from-five in her lightly raced career after edging out Mishani Miss for a narrow win last week.
She would need luck to go her way as the third emergency.
Ellsberg has hardly put a foot wrong down in Sydney finding the money in all five races.
He remains the fourth emergency.
Oscar Zulu was the surprise place-getter last start in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Stakes finishing third behind Gotta Kiss and the winner Apache Chase.
Unfortunately, he’s unlikely to earn a start in this field as the fifth emergency.