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Nothing dubious about colt’s chances

Gold Coast Restricted Listed Star Magic Millions 2YO Classic $2 million 1200 metres

Barrier draws are almost certain to have an influence on the outcome for this dash for the cash and both the unbeaten Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) and outstanding last-start winner Exhilarates (Snitzel) will jump from good gates.

Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Dubious has yet to put a foot wrong having won the G3 Breeders’ Plate on debut and followed up with further success at Warwick Farm. He has since been kept up the mark with a successful trial outing at Eagle Farm.

There is also certainly a sense of timing around Godolphin’s Exhilarates following her stylish victory at the Gold Coast last Saturday. Trainer James Cummings was understandably impressed by his charge, who he believes will strip fitter for that outing.

The undefeated Unite And Conquer (Hinchinbrook) has drifted in the market after drawing a horror gate and will need plenty of luck. A better each way chance might be Champagne Boom (Spirit Of Boom), who got home well for fourth at Wyong last time out.

Boom filly due change of luck

Gold Coast Restricted Listed Magic Millions Guineas $2 million 1400 metres

Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom), third in the 2YO Classic last year, can be heavily compensated here following a luckless outing in the G3 Vo Rogue Plate last weekend.

The Tony Gollan-trained filly was greatly inconvenienced by a riderless runner and still managed to get home well for sixth. She had previously finished runner-up behind her unbeaten stablemate Zoustyle (Zoustar) in the Listed Gold Edition S. and an excellent form guide for this.

The free-running Boomsara (Spirit Of Boom) won the Vo Rogue in fine style off the front and the only negative about his chances is a wide gate. He will be dangerous if the early breaks go his way.

Light Up The Room (So You Think {NZ}) is genuine and gives Gollan a strong hand while Bondi (Snitzel) is another genuine hope after placing against the older horses in his last two appearances.

Arbeitsam ready to fire first-up

Gold Coast Restricted Woodford Reserve Listed Magic Millions Cup $1 million, 1400 metres

Fresh runner Arbeitsam (Snitzel) has trialled well ahead of his resuming run and from a handy gate expect the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained 5-year-old to be in the hunt throughout.

The gelding was competitive in stronger line-ups than this before a break, including a meritorious performance to finish sixth in the G1 Epsom H.

Bjorn Baker’s Redouble (Redoute’s Choice) was a tidy last-start winner at Randwick and consistency is one of his major attributes while Snippets Land (Snippetson) should be improved for his first-up run at Doomben where he finished runner-up.

Sambro (Fastnet Rock) caught the eye when fourth in the G2 Villiers S. on a soft track and improved underfoot conditions will suit him. Cadogan (Smart Missile) faces the sternest test of his career, but he is in prime form for the challenge with three wins on the bounce.

Moe stable well-represented

Flemington Listed Chester Manifold S $140,000 1400 metres

Peter Gelagotis looks to have a decent hand in this with Illustrious Lad (I Am Invincible) and Call Me Handsome (IRE) (Kodiac {GB}).

The former is a talented sprinter who won the Listed City of Marion S. at Morphettville two runs back and was a sound fifth in the G3 Standish H. on New Year’s Day. He should be ideally suited to the step up to 1400 metres.

Call Me Handsome was eighth in the Standish when resuming from a break and with natural improvement he should be more competitive.

Manolo Blahniq (NZ) (Jimmy Choux {NZ}) has been near the mark in both of his appearances this campaign and if he gets any sort of luck from an awkward barrier he can be in the fight again. Chamois Road (Choisir) has been up for a while but is holding his form admirably while Cool Chap (High Chaparral {IRE}) has won first up in the past and a potential upset packet.

Cream to rise to top again

Trentham G1 Fusion Electrical Levin Classic NZ$225,000 1600 metres

Leading 3-year-old Madison County (NZ) (Pins) is the class act of the field and despite the lack of a lead-up run he has the undoubted quality on his side.

He hasn’t been seen out since he claimed the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas, but trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are happy with his condition and his claims are hard to ignore.

Hypnos (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}) placed in the G3 Bonecrusher S. and then produced a commanding performance to win the Listed Uncle Remus S. He is getting better with each outing and will appreciate the roomy track.

Lincoln Falls (Dundeel {NZ}) is a winner on the track and back to the left-handed way of going will help him while Arrogant could be the value runner after having little luck when beaten in the G2 Auckland Guineas.

Good track key to chances

Trentham G2 Tui Anniversary H NZ$70,000 1600 metres

Wyndspelle (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) only needs a decent surface to return to winning ways, proving that point two runs back when superior in an open handicap.

He struck a rain-affected track when beaten into fourth in the G2 Manawatu Challenge S. and has previously starred at Group 1 level so this field will hold no fears for him.


Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) was successful in two lower grade events before she bridged the gap to black type company when third in the G2 Cal Isuzu S. and she gets in well here on the minimum weight.

Co-topweights Dolcetto (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) and Beefeater (NZ) (Alamosa {NZ}) are both racing well enough to be in the hunt again and Camino Rocoso (NZ) (Shocking) won the Taupo Cup well enough to be considered.

Chance to regain winning form

Trentham G3 Barneswood Farm Trentham S NZ$70,000 2100 metres

A step up to a middle distance will help the chances of Chance To Dance (IRE) (Teofilo {IRE}).

He has been a minor player in two outings over shorter trips this preparation and he showed his true talent last season when winning the G3 OMF S. over 2000 metres at Ellerslie.

In what is a modest line-up, Hunta Pence (NZ) (No Excuse Needed {GB}) is a major contender after his runner-up finish in the Listed Wanganui Cup and he didn’t get the best of runs when fifth in the G3 Manawatu Cup.

The winning strike rate of Hank Moody (NZ) (Savabeel) isn’t great and he rates a place chance again and Kamanda Lincoln (NZ) (Savabeel) might be one for longer odds. He was unplaced last time, but in fairness didn’t get the best of runs.