Maher and Eustace take clean sweep of Doomben two-year-old features
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace bolstered their Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) stocks with a stakes-winning double at Doomben yesterday courtesy of promising colt Rathlin (Fastnet Rock) and emerging filly Away Game (Snitzel). Ridden by Luke Currie, who also rode Rathlin to win the Phelan Ready Stakes (Listed, 1110m), Away Game took out the fillies division, the Calaway Gal Stakes (Listed, 1110m) by two and a quarter lengths.
Smart ‘N’ Sexy (Smart Missile) was second, with Miss Lot Won (Sidereus) another two and a quarter lengths away in third. “We are having a very good two-year-old season. I think that was our seventh two-yearold winner for the season,” assistant trainer Annabel Neasham said. “Rathlin and Away Game are both nice horses and now they are in the field there is no rush with them
“The stable has had a bit of luck in Queensland and let’s hope that it continues.” Maher and Eustace are also expected to give Anders (Not A Single Doubt) his chance to quality for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic via the Basil Nolan Jr QTIS 2YO Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Anders ran fourth in the Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Randwick in October and won a Kembla Grange barrier trial on December 11.
Meanwhile, Away Game (2 f Snitzel – Elusive Wonder by Elusive Quality) was selected by Hannah Mathiesen and signed for by agent Kerri Radcliffe for $425,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Mill Park Stud draft. One of five winners for the stakes-placed mare Elusive Wonder, Away Game is a sister to the Listed winner Modern Wonder, who was trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, and was sold in 2018 for $400,000 to Kia Ora Stud as a broodmare prospect. Elusive Wonder has a yearling filly by Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) who is catalogued as Lot 270 at next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, as well as a filly at foot by Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) and she returned to the same stallion this season, with a November 8 covering date.