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Yes Yes Yes not so sure

Leading Magic Millions 2YO Classic fancy Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) remains in Victoria five days out from the big race, with plans to transport to colt to the Gold Coast by plane still unconfirmed.

Both Yes Yes Yes and Platinum Angel (Snitzel), who is entered in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares, worked the Queensland way at trackwork on Monday, but there is no clear plan on exactly how they will get to the Gold Coast after they were bumped from Monday's flight.

Trainer Darren Weir remains optimistic that the pair will get a flight on either Tuesday or Wednesday night, but it will depend on whether there is room for them on the cargo plane.

Yes Yes Yes is in the field for the $2 million race, with the final 16 plus five emergencies confirmed on Monday.

Gala Miss (More Than Ready {USA}) is first emergency so would gain a run if Yes Yes Yes fails to make it to the Gold Coast. The barrier draw is held Tuesday morning.

No Xpression for Levin Classic

Xpression (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}) will miss Saturday's G1 Levin Classic at Trentham, with co-trainer Guy Lowry confirming the filly had recorded a poor blood count.

Lowry and Grant Cullen ordered tests after Xpression ran third at Awapuni last month.

“She was disappointing last start,” Lowry said. “She seemed to be working up well before the race and she should have gone a lot better than she did. There had to be something wrong."


“We had her thoroughly checked over after the race and her bloods weren’t 100 percent.

“It’s not viral, but she’s just got a few niggling issues and we’ve backed off her."

“She’ll go out for a spell and we’ll monitor her. Before we do anything with her we’ll wait until she has a clean bill of health.”

A Group 3 winner in the spring, who was subsequently placed in the G1 1000 Guineas, Xpression will be given time to recover, all but ruling her out of the G1 Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. in April.

Ljungberg mix-up

There was some unintended drama when the final field of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas was announced with Ron Quinton's recent Kensington winner Ljungberg (I Am Invincible) placed in the race despite his owners not accepting.

Trainer Ron Quinton said last Saturday the 3-year-old gelding would not contest the Gold Coast feature and was surprised to find him in the final field of 16, when acceptances were taken.

The error was put down to a clerical mistake and the horse was immediately scratched with first emergency Unconditional (Jet Spur) guaranteed a start.

Outback Barbie remains favourite for the race ahead of Tuesday's barrier draw at Surfers Paradise,

Vale Barry Miler

The Queensland racing community is mourning the loss of trainer Barry Miller, who prepared four-time Group 1 winner Show a Heart (Brave Warrior)

Miller, who started his career in Cunnamulla, trained over 1000 winners across Australia, with his best being Show A Heart, the winner of the TJ Smith Classic, the Caulfield Guineas, the Toorak Hcp and the Stradbroke Hcp at the elite level.

Show A Heart would then go on to stand at Glenlogan Park, where he has sired 21 stakes winners, including Group 1 winners Heart of Dreams, Toorak Toff and Woorim.

Miller was 78, and had been battling illness for the past 18 months.

Some of his other good horses included Forest Jim (NZ) (Grosvenor {NZ}), Big Rhumba (Foystaan), Madam Zoffany (Zoffany {USA}), Show A Heart's dam Miss Sandman (Regal Advice {NZ}), Happy In The Red (Grand and Happy) and Marcelo (Foystaan).

Etah James returns home

G3 Lord Reims S. winner Etah James (NZ) (Raise The Flag {GB} has returned to New Zealand and is being targeted at the G1 Auckland Cup in March.

Original trainer Mark Lupton has taken Etah James back to New Zealand from Matt Cumani and hopes to have the 6-year-old mare on track for the 3200m feature at Ellerslie on March 9.

Etah James

“We hope to get to the Auckland Cup with her, but it’s a longshot,” Lupton said. “There are still other good staying races like the Rotorua Cup and the Hawke’s Bay Cup if she doesn’t get there."

“She’s a good stayer, but things didn’t work out for her in the spring. She lost her form so we decided to bring her home. If she comes up we’ll try her then she can go to stud next season. I’ll just tick her over and see if she still wants to race.”

Crismale joins Racing NSW board

Former Australian Turf Club chairman Michael Crismale has been appointed to the Racing NSW board for the next three years.

Crismale replaced Kevin Greene on the board and Minister for Racing Paul Toole praised the appointment while thanking Greene for his service.

Michael Crismale with wife Gail

“Mr Crismale has extensive experience in sports administration, including as Chair of the Australian Turf Club, where he secured TV and digital rights agreements, helping the sport to reach wider audiences and boosting revenue,” Toole said.

“He also supported the launch of The Championships in the Autumn Carnival. His continued commitment to the industry and extensive knowledge will make him a valuable addition to the board.”

Toole also announced the reappointment of Simon Tuxen and Anthony Shepherd to the Board for a further four years.

“Since Mr Tuxen and Mr Shepherd joined the board, we have seen strong industry growth, particularly in regional areas, and industry-leading innovations such as the introduction of the Everest and Kosciuszko races,” Toole said.