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Barrier twelve is not ideal for Spywire – Ciaron Maher

Barrier twelve is not ideal for Spywire – Ciaron Maher

With James Tzaferis

Ciaron Maher has conceded that barrier twelve is not ideal for Spywire in Saturday’s Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic, but he is pleased with the colt’s condition ahead of the $3 million contest.



Spywire will head into the race on the quick back up after saluting at the Gold Coast last weekend and is the $5.50 second favourite for the event with Sportsbet.

“I would’ve liked a little bit closer in, but it is what it is,” Maher said at Tuesday morning’s barrier draw.

“The main thing is, he obviously ran on Saturday, it’s about how he comes through the race and so far, what I can see, he hasn’t missed an oat, he seems as bright as a button. He was a little bit fresh on Saturday, that’s why we ran him, and it should hopefully hold him in good stead or better for just taking that edge off him.”

The Melbourne Cup winning trainer agreed that Spywire has the right traits to be one of the leading juvenile colts that he’s had in his stable.

“He’s certainly got all the right ingredients, he’s a strong horse, he’s got a great action, good attitude, so he ticks a lot of the boxes,” said Maher, who currently trains in partnership with David Eustace.

Spywire is part of a two-pronged attack that Maher and Eustace will mount on the rich race, as they’ll also be represented by filly Erno’s Cube.

The daughter of Rubick finished second at Randwick at her latest start and fared better at the barrier draw in gate seven.

Sportsbet has Erno’s Cube at $17 in their market for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

“She has done nothing wrong; she’ll improve a fair bit out of her last run, the 1200m will be no problem and she’s not that far behind the other horse either,” Maher said.

Maher and Eustace have won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic twice before with Away Game in 2020 and Coolangatta in 2022.