Waterhouse's expected domination of the Conrad Jupiter's Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the
Gold Coast on January 12 has been enhanced following the impressive win of the early
favourite Snowland in Sydney yesterday.
Chris Munce in the saddle Snowland started a short priced favourite in the Eastlakes
Handicap (870m) at Randwick yesterday, and after taking a sit during the race the classy
young colt burst away over the final stages for an incredibly impressive success.
A son of Snippets, Snowland is raced by Andrew Baddock and
Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Pastoral Company Syndicate.
Despite lugging 61 kilograms the Stratheden Stud bred
two-year-old was much too classy for the Gary Portelli trained first starter Randy Storm,
who showed blistering early speed to lead for much of the race. At the post Snowland was
able to sweep past the early pacemaker and zoom away to win by over four lengths.
Purrformer, who had won at Kembla Grange on debut last month,
ran third yesterday. At his previous run he had finished 4.8 lengths adrift of Snowland
when he placed second.
Snowland has been marked as short as 2/1 for the $1 million
race at the Gold Coast in just under a fortnight.
Waterhouse now has four highly fancied runners confirmed to
run in the big juvenile event. The others are Sunday Joy, Chuckle and Obsession.
The leading trainer, who was
the most proliffic individual buyer at last year's Gold Coast sale, won the juvenile race
last year with Excellerator.
Her dominance continued with that same crop when she filled
the trifecta in the world's richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper at Rosehill last
Waterhouse's domination of the Magic Millions concept is
expected to continue in the sale ring over the four first sessions, where she is expected
to shell out millions of dollars for some of the country's best bred youngsters on offer.