High­tail a chance for Mil­lions

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - RAY THOMAS

TRAINER Peter Snow­den stopped short of con­firm­ing High­tail for the $2 mil­lion Magic Mil­lions 2yo Clas­sic de­spite the colt’s easy win at Rand­wick’s Kens­ing­ton track yes­ter­day.

“High­tail prob­a­bly lacks real A-class abil­ity but he is very gen­uine and won eas­ily,’’ Snow­den said. “Whether he goes to the Magic Mil­lions or not, I will make that call [to­day].

“It’s a big ask, he has raced two weeks in a row and it would mean three weeks and a road trip so it is not ideal.

“But you are rac­ing for a lot of money and he is a two-yearold. He is up and run­ning and do­ing ev­ery­thing right.’’

High­tail scored his sec­ond win from just three starts with a con­sum­mate win in the Events By ATC Hand­i­cap (1150m).

Cham­pion jockey Hugh Bow­man was im­pressed by $3 favourite High­tail’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism as he strode clear to beat Avon River ($3.80) by more than two lengths with Twen­ty­four Carat ($8) run­ning on well for a close third.

Avon River was slow away so her ef­fort to fin­ish sec­ond on de­but was good while the fastfin­ish­ing ef­forts of Twen­ty­four Carat and Per­alta (fourth) were very good.

“He’s a nice, lit­tle horse,’’ Bow­man said of High­tail.

“Of course, he will be meet­ing a much stronger field if he runs in the Magic Mil­lion, it is go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish next week.

“I don’t think he go­ing to im­prove five lengths off to­day but what he is go­ing to do is go up there and run his race.”

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