Wyong Magic Millions Day has arrived and we are set for an exciting card of racing in provincial New South Wales this afternoon.
All the action on Wyong Magic Millions Day is set to get underway at 1:15pm local time, however the feature races will not be contested until 3:05pm and 4:15pm respectively.
Seven maidens will step out in Race 1, but it is the Matt Smitth-trained Aqua D’ivina that is looming as the one to beat.
The Pierro filly has made only two appearances at the races so far, but is unlucky not to have broken through for a maiden win having finished second on both occasions. This is a step back in class from her first-up run at Canterbury and she won’t be offered a better opportunity to find winning form.
Untried Chris Waller-trained gelding Devil’s Luck is drawn ideally and has continued to receive steady support in the day’s leading up to jump.
Tip: No. 2 Aqua D’ivina ($1.60)
Only seven horses will step out in the field for Race 2, but there is a case to be made for nearly every runner in the field.
Mr Smart was luckless in transit before running on for fifth at Newcastle last time out, but will relish a return to a mile and is a live chance in this race.
Billy Can will have conditions to suit, is drawn ideally in barrier 4 and will be tough to beat with only 54kgs in tow. The Sebring gelding broke through for a maiden race win over a mile at Nowra last time out and can go on with the job here.
Tip: No. 7 Billy Can ($3)
Nine horses will step out in Race 3 on Wyong Magic Millions Day and of those, three runners will make their competitive debuts.
Godolphin will blood exciting filly Sun Valley in the race and while she is a first starter, her class and ability suggests that she will be tough to beat. The daughter of Commands has produced several smart pieces of work and trialled well in the lead-up to this race, while the combination of Brenton Abdulla and James Cummings has delivered plenty of wins throughout 2017.
Of the horses with exposed form, Consider It Done looms as a major threat. The Team Hawkes-trained runner has not been seen at the races since August, but worked to the line well to finish third behind Black Caviar’s daughter Oscietra over 1000m at Geelong.
Tip: No. 6 Consider It Done ($3)
The day’s first feature race will see six three and four-year-olds chase a winner’s check of $53,000.
Bjorn Baker saddled Imposing Lass to an easy win in this race last year and he is offered an each-way chance of defending his crown with Redouble. Redouble posted a pair of smart wins earlier this campaign and has finished fourth in his two most-recent runs, including a talent-rich Randwick 1400m race last weekend.
Arbeitsam found career-best form for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in spring and remains an odds-on favourite to win first-up. The Snitzel gelding won four of five starts throughout his last preparation, including the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) most recently. This is short of his best, but the four-year-old has trialled well and is capable of a sharp first-up run.
Single Bullet was strong and consistent without returning to winning form in spring, but this could be his ideal race. The three-year-old finished second in each of the Listed Heritage Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) through September and October, but failed to beat a single runner home first-up. He’ll take plenty of improvement into his second-up run and is drawn ideally, with only 56kgs in tow.
Tip: No. 6 Single Bullet ($4.20)
Nine horses will step out in the fifth and like many other races on Wyong Magic Millions Day, there is several winning chances.
Godolphin gelding Barbeque will contest only his third career starts in the race and will resume from barrier 6, with Brenton Avdulla aboard. The son of Helmet posted a smart win on debut in May, but was sent to the paddock after failing to fire a fortnight later. His proven first-up form and credible trials leading into this make him the horse to beat.
Oakfield Midnight failed to fire first-up, but should improve noticeably into this, while He’s A Given is also ready to peak.
Tip: No. 7 Barbeque ($3.30)
The main feature race will see eight two-year-olds contest the $200,000 Magic Millions Classic.
Half the field has no exposed form including Terminology, who is set to jump race favourite. The Star Witness filly has trialled extremely well leading into this race and can enjoy an ideal run in transit from barrier 4. Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s stables are absolutely flying and Terminology is primed to continue that run of form.
South Australian raider La Pomme De Pin has experienced a smart debut to her career and she represents terrific value to win this race. The I Am Invincible filly debuted for a close second in a Morphettville 1000m sprint on Ocotber 28th, before posting a near six-length triumph in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat last time out.
The other main danger is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bondi, who currently sits on the second line of early Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Guineas betting.
Tip: No. 7 La Pomme De Pin – Each Way ($8.50/$2.70)
Eleven horses remain in contention for the final race on Wyong Magic Millions Day and it looms as a great opportunity for punters to take advantage of late value.
Goresbridge has been charged with overcoming a race-high 60kgs, but has drawn to find the lead with complete ease and will give them something to chase here. The New Approach gelding just missed when third first-up at Gosford and with natural improvement, he should find himself right in the finish once more.
Connoisseur, Tswalu and Excelamour all loom as live chances of winning this race.
Tip: No. 1 Goresbridge ($4.20)