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Magic Millions Early Betting

Magic Millions Early Betting

1200m Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Market Leaders

Nothing went right for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s Storm Boy last start, but he still claimed the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes easily at Eagle Farm, and it is no shock to see him head up the early betting at $2.50 with Sportsbet.

The Maher-Eustace-trained Spywire ($6) has moved to second favourite after it’s win on Saturday in the 2YO Gold Nugget for colts and geldings on the Gold Coast. Peter and Paul Snowden’s Highness has eased slightly to $7 despite winning its recent clash with Spywire comfortably, although there was a bit of controversy surrounding Tyler Schiller’s ride on Highness. Meanwhile, Godolphin’s Parkour built on a smart Ballarat debut with a breathtaking win from the back at Randwick and is being kept safe at $8.

 

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Victorian Hopes

Of those confirmed to be targeting the MM, the first Victorian-based horse in the market is Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s Arabian Summer at $8.50 on the back of its win on Saturday in the 2YO Gold Pearl for fillies on the Gold Coast. Arabian Summer smashed Parkour to the tune of nearly four lengths on Ballarat Cup Day, albeit on a very wet deck. Wolfgang has experience in both travelling and winning, doing enough at Doomben to gain a spot in the Classic, and shortening from $25 to $15 in the process.

From Lindsay Park, Jenni’s Meadow will likely gain a start, and may find some supporters at $34 after showing off a blistering turn of foot on debut at The Valley. The same could be said for Vianarra ($35), of the Busuttin and Young yard, who could be left sweating on a run but was thoroughly impressive behind Parkour at Randwick.

 

1400m Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

Market Leaders

This market is tight at the top, with some starters still yet to be confirmed. Chris Waller’s Chrysaor and the John O’Shea-trained Sydney Bowler are currently joint favourites at $6 with Sportsbet. Sydney Bowler made it a hat-trick of wins when dominating at Benchmark 72-level at Randwick last week.

Chrysao was strong but was overrun late by Cifrado ($8) in the G3 Vo Rogue at Doomben on December 30. Rob Heathcote’s Abounding is also $8 after an impressive diving win in the Listed Gold Edition Plate.

Victorian Hopes

The McEvoys will have runners in both $3 million features, with Sunset Dreaming looking to build on her impressive Vobis Gold Stockade win on Ballarat Cup Day. The market has her marked a $26 chance do so. Maher and Eustace’s Veecee is the same price, having run once in Victoria (third behind Ginger ‘N’ Pink) this campaign before a handy Warwick Farm trial potentially signalled the stable’s intentions.