Wyong, Launceston host mid-week stakes races

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Spring Listed-winning pair Unite and Conquer (Hinchinbrook) and Champagne Boom (Spirit of Boom) continue their paths towards the Gold Coast in Wednesday's Listed Magic Millions 2YO Wyong Classic.

Both youngsters secured stakes success on debut during the Melbourne spring, with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Unite and Conquer winning the Listed Maribyrnong Trial at Flemington, and the Lindsay Park trained Champagne Boom successful in the Listed Debutant S. at Caulfield.

Unite and Conquer impressed in his only subsequent public appearance, a trial win at Randwick two weeks ago and will use the Wyong race as a launching point into the $2m Magic Millions 2YO classic on the Gold Coast next month.

Champagne Boom, who subsequent to her Caulfield win ran third in the G3 Ottawa S. at Flemington, is also headed to the rich Magic Millions race.

They are the two winners of the nine horses in the Wyong feature, with Gary Portelli's Spaceboy (Deep Field), a well-beaten second to boom colt Tassort (Brazen Beau) at his first start, among the other key chances.

There are four debutantes in the race, including two from Brad Widdup's stable in Jailbreak (Rubick) and Islands (I Am Invincible), who finished 1-2 in a recent Hawkesbury trial.

Marc Conners' filly Searchinbrook (Hinchinbrook) also debuts having comfortably won a recent Warwick Farm trial, while Enchanted Glory (Olympic Glory {Ire}), the half-sister to Squamosa, makes her first appearance after an impressive trial performance of her own at this track last week.

The winner of this race has gone on to win the Gold Coast 2yo race in three of the past eight years, with Capitalist (2015), Unencumbered (2013) and Karuta Queen (2010) the trio to complete the double.

The first two editions were won by two future stars of the stallion ranks in Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel.

The Magic Millions Wyong 3YO and 4YO S. doesn’t have Listed status, but features a strong field including Invincible Star (I Am Invincible), who broke through when back in class in the Listed Starlight S. last time out.

Group 1-placed Bondi (Snitzel) resumes after an aborted campaign earlier in his 3-year old season, while Bel Sonic (Bel Esprit), who won the equivalent race at Ballarat last start, is looking for his first win the clockwise way of going..

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Launceston plays host to stakes racing on Wednesday night in the form of the Listed McCrimmon Insurance Conquering S.

I'm Wesley (I Am Invincible) is looking for back-to-back victories in the race having made it consecutive successes in the Listed Newmarket S. at the same track last month.

He won that race comfortably and while he faces a few new rivals over the 1400m here, including former Sydney stayer Quick Defence (USA) (First Defence {USA}) and returning veteran Kenjorwood (Snippetson), who is having his first start in Tasmania in nearly six years, he shouldn't have too many troubles notching another stakes win.