Betting on Gold Coast features set for reshuffle
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.’’