could be the definining moment for next month's Conrad Jupiter's Magic Millions 2YO
Classic (1200m) with a number of lightly raced promising youngsters on a stakes money
Twelve youngsters ultimately being
aimed toward the race will be stepping out for what would be their final hit out before
the million dollar event on January 12.
The importance of Saturday's and Tuesday's events in
Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast is certainly not lost on staff at Magic Millions.
"For some nominated graduates a run in the feature
races in assured, but for others the next start they have could make or break their
chances of having a crack at the title," Magic Millions Marketing Supervisor Annie
McDonald said today.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse, an active Magic Millions buyer who
has won the 2YO Classic the past two years, is looking at having four runners in next
She has sent her million dollar yearling Sunday Joy (the
first Australian runner for champion Japanese sire Sunday Silence) to Brisbane where she
will run in the $100,000 Tommy Smith Slipper. Sunday Joy has also been entered for
Rosehill on the same day, but the filly has already arrived in a steamy Brisbane and will
be fitted with blinkers for the first time on Saturday.
Waterhouse will also saddle up Obsessions in the Brisbane
race named in honour of her late father. Waterhouse has a big opinion of the youngster
whom she fell in love with at the Gold Coast Sale earlier this year.
The leading lady trainer will also have her eyes clearly on
how Chuckle runs at Rosehill on the same afternoon. The filly who is part owned by Rob
Ferguson, one of the three Magic Millions Directors, finished second to the Bede Murray
trained Victory Vein in Sydney at her only start to date.
Chuckle is expected to have tough opposition from Sunday
Joy's last start conqueror Lovely Jubly. The speedy daughter of boom Queensland stallion
Lion Hunter was ultra impressive last start and is expected to be the one to beat in
Highest, a Marscay filly from the in form Jack Denham yard,
has a third from two outings and will also be running at Rosehill.
The colts and geldings event on the same program in Sydney
has attracted two Melbourne youngsters who are also chasing dollars to add to their
The Dean Lawson trained Cool Trent is looking at emulating
former stablemate Testa Rossa, while the well bred Colin Little trained Blur is nominated
in both Sydney and the Gold Coast for Saturday.
Rounding out the Saturday runners with interest is Horrocks
and Mr Scandal'us, who along with Blur, are nominated for the Super QRIS Added Stakes 2yo
event on the Gold Coast.
Three other promising Magic Millions graduates who are set
down to start on New Year's Day include the last start record breaking winner Snowland,
another member of mighty Waterhouse stable. That youngster has been entered to run at
Meanwhile, further north and Dark Topaze and Sun Kisses are
set to clash in the Awapuni 2yo Handicap at Eagle Farm.
The Bill Mitchell trained Dark Topaze has managed two
thirds from his three career starts. Last start he was a shade unlucky when beaten by Sun
Kisses and Koochie. His in form rider last start Scott Seamer lost the whip during the
race after earlier being sluggish out of the barrier.
Sun Kisses meanwhile made a dashing start to her career by
showing plenty of dash in her winning debut. After two barrier wins she was primed to run
well by leading Queensland trainer Gerald Ryan.