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Magic Millions preview

Early January means Magic Millions time on the Gold Coast - a party around the first yearling sale of the year, and the associated big money sales races. Saddling up is Gibbo, @brissyraces, the Queensland racing specialist, with the preview. Read his analysis of the entire programme here.

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Jeep $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic
Gold Coast, 1200m
Track: Soft 6 at time of posting
Preview by @brissyraces
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**This is one of the most open Magic Millions races I have seen in a long time, you will get value any selection you like. Luck will play a major part as it does every year.

MAP- There is a heap of speed in this race and I feel gates are as crucial ever. They will get off the fence on straightening but you don’t want to be working wide the entire before you get there! The key this year is so much pace has drawn well. WICKED INTENT, FREQUENDLY, ZOUTENANT, LE CHEF and CLAUDIA JEAN have all drawn inside of gate 7, that is going to make it near impossible in my mind for horses outside that who decide to push forward, it looks like suicide, but throw $2,000,000 in the pot and people will try anything.

PREVIEW-Although there is a little question as to where she will land SAGA OF THE STORM seems good value at $17. She should be able to camp midfield with cover which would be ideal. Her run on debut was good when worked wide on the corner and nearly rolled the ‘Mishani’ horses. She improved off that and won well next time out over 1110m. Back to the 1200m is ideal and blinkers 1st time may be the real key to her. Definitely going into this underrated and will be one of the strongest late.

Four contenders come out of the Wyong race. ZOUTENANT won it, blinkers come off and looks a nice horse. SURF SEEKER was on debut there and ran extremely well, should take natural improvement but has to overcome the bad gate so will need some luck. SINGLE GAZE won on debut, was wide at Wyong but was right in the finish, gets a great run from the gate. The good news for all of them is PERIGNON who ran 4th on that occasion beaten 2.5L then come out and won well at Canterbury where she was strong late and should be strong here too. All chances in this.

Locals FREQUENDLY and WICKED INTENT won’t die wondering, they have a query each at the fast run 1200m but they will be in front and making every post a winner. The other local LE CHEF may choose to take the drop on them and have last crack, that would be my option here, I don’t think he can lead them and win.

The big question is CLAUDIA JEAN, just how good is she? Gets a cheap run and every chance.

*As you can see a lot of bad gates that I have left out and simply for that reason, they will need a lot of luck.

On Top: 13- SAGA OF THE STORM $17

Hardest To Beat: 11- PERIGNON, 8- SINGLE GAZE, 3- LE CHEF


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