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WINNO'S MM WINNERS: GOLD COAST, JANUARY 13

By Darren Winningham | Thursday, January 11, 2018

MAGIC MILLIONS DAY 2018 - GOLD COAST RACES 13 SATURDAY 2018

Well we are here ... the 2018 Magic Millions Day racing on the Gold Coast!

A warm day is forecast, and the track was on fire last weekend.

The track is rated “GOOD” and the rail will 1 metre out from the 1000m to the 400m and in the true position for the rest of the track.

The Magic Millions franchise in conjunction with the Queensland Government and other sponsors do such a wonderful job promoting this major event in South East Queensland. There has been so much happening on the Gold Coast in the week of Magic Millions – it is truly a Carnival of racing.

The card is full of many chances and the races are very open. If you like one this weekend stick with it! Don’t let me sway you as the results could punish the punters!

NB: As this form assessment was made prior to raceday, please check final fields and track conditions for any changes on the day.


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Race 1

The Magic Millions Maiden – this race each year is always open and very tough. Trainers and owners prepare their horses for this race and hope to win a motza on Magic Millions Day. There are always hundreds of owners in the enclosure for this race with high hopes and expectations.

The two Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott runners look well placed here.

Let’s start with Dinnigan (10) who last start raced at Doomben in the Vo Rogue (Group 3) race as a maiden and lead until she was run down late by Pierata (engaged in Race 7 – MM 2018 Guineas). The short odds of $1.60 suggest that she is past the post – to be fair if she has pulled up well after the run at Doomben it will be a hard task for them to beat her here.

The other Waterhouse runner is Westrock (2) a lovely bred Pierro gelding who had a number of solid trials before his debut run at Gosford. As with most Waterhouse runners he led them up at Gosford and was only run down in the final 50 metres. I think he will have derived some benefit from that run and looks well placed here.

Chris Waller has Balearic (5) with Hugh Bowman trying to knock of Gai in the first race. This Smart Missile gelding was knocked from pillar to post at Randwick on New Year’s Day. Forget the run - drawn in barrier 14 he will need some luck but I think he will be making a late rush at them here.

Rob Heathcote represents the Queenslanders in the first race with Love and Rock It (7) who had a very impressive trial recently at Doomben. Long priced winning jockey Ronnie Stewart rode him in the trial and retains the ride for his second career run. Unfortunately, the barrier gods have not been kind to Rob and his team and have allocated him barrier 21 – Ronnie will need a GPS from out there!

The other one is the Bjorn Baker Zabeel’s Choice (12) who has had a mountain of work and barrier trials and was impressive on debut a month ago at Wyong. I think this filly would have taken some benefit from the run and will be race smart here this weekend – look for a solid run!

Selections: 10-5-12-2 rough chance 7

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Race 2 Lexus Magic Millions Country Cup

This is one of those races you should just sit back and watch. There is form from all over the place and trying to line it up to compare is difficult.

I am going to tip One Golden Day (1) from the Ben Currie stables in Toowoomba with Blake Shinn riding. This horse just loves a good or fast track and I can see him getting those conditions here this weekend. He has drawn handy and has a solid record here at the Gold Coast track – so those are the reasons for my selection!

He’s a Moral (5) from the Darren Weir stables has drawn nicely as well. His last start at Seymour can be overlooked. He was held up badly and when he got clear and got a crack at them he motored home late. Any luck here this weekend and he could be difficult to beat.

Zafina (15) has grabbed my attention as well. Trained in the nation’s capital in Canberra by Matthew Dale she has been plagued in her last few starts by having to run on wet tracks. All of her best performances have come on dry tracks. I think we will see a sharp improvement here this weekend – drawn handy as well and Jason Collett to pilot her.

Tye Angland is aboard the Wyong trained Trust Me (10) – drawn wide but knowing Tye he will ride this Sepoy gelding quiet and have one crack at them late in the straight.

I do have to mention one other runner here – I’m Alone (currently around $81) is part owned by a good friend Kurt Croft. Now I have it on good authority that if the gelding wins on Saturday he may no longer be “Not Alone” as he will go home and propose to his long-time girlfriend Sammy! Let’s hope that the horse wins and WINNO can grab an exclusive look at the ring after the race! So, seems like Kurt will not be shouting us Yum Cha this weekend – instead he has spent it all on his fiancée to be!

Selections: 1-5-15-10 rough chance 7 & 11

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Race 3 Racing Queensland Magic Millions QTIS Open

Bourbon Road (10) is a true Gold Coast specialist with three wins and a placing here from 6 starts. He normally races well with a break between each run and he gets that here this weekend from trainer Tony Gollan after a win here on 13 December. He gets a full month between runs and I think he is well placed here and is some decent odds in a tough race (currently $19).

The topweight Upstart Pride (1) has been racing well with massive weights of late. He does love the Gold Coast circuit and drawn in barrier 4 this week and I wonder whether we will see the old Upstart Pride back here? The one that gets out and makes them chase him and normally runs them into the ground. Either way, if he leads or takes a sit I am sure Blake Shinn will give him every chance here.

Realing (13) from the Matthew Dunn stables has had a month off since his last win at Doomben over the mile. I think he will go well here and is a chance at odds.

Liam Birchley has Havasay (3) here third up this weekend. Last start in the Falvelon Quality he had not much luck and was bumped in the running a couple of times and I think he lost his momentum. He is a nice type who likes to get a sustained look at them and get his momentum up. He is one that I fear in this race if Matthew McGillivray can get clear running and get in from the wide barrier.

The other Birchley runner is Fit For Purpose (14) who had similar luck to his stable-mate last start at Doomben when he too was subjected to being checked, steadied, and then held up prior to getting out late and just running on fairly.

These two runners could be dark horses if they get any luck in running – and Liam Birchley does seem to grab a win on these big race days.

Selections: 10-1-13-3 rough chance 9 & 14

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