En­quare’s Rogue win lifts spir­its

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - By MARK OBERHARDT

at Doomben BIRTH­DAY boy Ja­son McLach­lan de­clared Magic Mil­lions Guineas was ripe for pick­ing af­ter his filly En­quare won at Doomben yes­ter­day.

Re­spond­ing to a clever ride from jockey Jim Byrne, En­quare ($4.80) won by three-quar­ters of a length from Gundy Spirit ($13) with a short neck to the favourite Missy Long­stock­ing ($2.70) in the Group 2 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m).

The Vo Rogue Plate is the ma­jor lead-up to the Magic Mil­lions Guineas (1400m) on Jan­uary 11 and En­quare’s ef­fort en­sured she should start favourite. McLach­lan cel­e­brated his 43rd birth­day yes­ter­day with a big smile and some strong words af­ter En­quare was rid­den ‘‘ up­side down’’ but still won.

He won the Magic Mil­lions Guineas ear­lier this year with Sa­luter and he took a line through the two horses.

‘‘En­quare would eat Sa­luter. I can hardly wait for the Magic Mil­lions where we can ride En­quare off the pace,’’ McLach­lan said.

‘‘She is the most un­der­rated horse in Aus­tralia.

‘‘They keep talk­ing up the oth­ers but she beats them all the time.’’

Byrne was also buoyed by the win and ad­mit­ted he was ex­cited about the Guineas.

‘‘Ja­son has al­ways said En­quare would be at her top on Mil­lions day and that makes her very hard to beat in the Guineas,’’ he said.

Gundy Spirit ran home strongly and will be suited by 1400m, ac­cord­ing to his jockey Ryan Wig­gins.

The Vo Rogue was seen as a test of whether Missy Long­stock­ing would get fur­ther than 1200m in top com­pany.

Jockey Damian Browne said the filly had a nice run off the pace but did not have a lot of luck in the straight.

Ja­son McLach­lan

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