Bet­ting on Gold Coast fea­tures set for reshuf­fle

Townsville Bulletin - - Raceguide -

MAGIC Mil­lions mar­kets are set to un­dergo a ma­jor reshuf­fle to­day when sev­eral of the ma­jor fan­cies go around at Rose­hill and Doomben.

The top three horses in bet­ting for next month’s two-year-old Clas­sic — Cinq Rouge ($6 favourite), Royal Ass­cher ($6.50) and Hus­son Light­ning ($6.50) — will all sport silks at Rose­hill.

The first two will clash in the Win­ning Edge P r e s e n t a t i o n s H c p (1100m) while Hus­son Light­ning will take on im­pres­sive de­but win­ner Solo Flyer, an $11 Magic Mil­lions chance, in the Tooheys New Hcp (1100m).

Glenn Mun­sie, spokesman for TAB Sports­bet, said the re­sults of the two races would de­ter­mine who started favourite in the Jan­uary 13 show­piece on the Gold Coast.

‘‘We will have a clear favourite af­ter Satur­day,’’ Mun­sie said.

‘‘It will give us a guide on how they’re go­ing time­wise af­ter those two races.’’

While most eyes will be on the head­line young­sters, 11 of the 16 run­ners across the two ju­ve­nile races at Rose­hill are Magic Mil­lions el­i­gi­ble.

One of those is the Bart Cum­mings-trained Mimi Lebrock who Mun­sie said had been backed from ‘some­thing like 100-1’ into $17 to win the Clas­sic.

To­day’s Listed Tommy Smith Slip­per (1200m) at Doomben could also have a bear­ing on mar­kets with Sashenka, an $8.50 chance for the Mil­lions, En­costa Tszyu ($26) and Fe­line Hunter ($51) all out to stake their claims.

Doomben will also be the venue for star filly Gold Edi­tion’s fi­nal leadup run be­fore the Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy (1400m) for three-year-olds.

She will be chas­ing her first win be­yond 1200m in to­day’s Vo Rogue Plate (1350m), run un­der set weights con­di­tions, but Mun­sie didn’t ex­pect her $2.60 quote to firm un­less she streeted her ri­vals.

‘‘It’s a big test for her to­mor­row. She’s thrown in at the weights but she’s got to run the trip and then run the 1400m of the Magic Mil­lions,’’ Mun­sie said yes­ter­day. ‘‘She’d have to win and win eas­ily to re­ally tighten her Magic Mil­lions price. I think her price can only blow.’’

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