Egyp­tian looks ready for Magic

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

BLUE blood mare EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL will be back in ac­tion at the Gold Coast on Magic Mil­lions day for a third time on Satur­day and could fi­nally be ready to come home with that elu­sive win.

The Bjorn Baker-trained daugh­ter of nine-time Group 1 per­former Our Egyp­tian Raine has a fab­u­lous record when rac­ing Magic Mil­lions days fin­ish­ing third in the Magic Mil­lions three-year- old Guineas in 2015, a 1.9-length sixth the Fil­lies and Mares in 2017 and was third to Vid­dora Sprint last year.

Her only other visit the old South­port track was a third place in the Group 3 Vo Rogue.

Egyp­tian Sym­bol was way be­low her best in three starts since win­ning the Toy Show on Au­gust 4 but her two tri­als ahead of her trip away have been as good as any from a mare who has al­ways tri­alled in­cred­i­bly well.

The horse that beat Egyp­tian Sym­bol in the 900m Rose­hill heat last Wed­nes­day went su­per too — his name is GLENALL, a very solid Listed/ Group 3 class sprinter with a great fresh record trained by Team Hawkes.

Cool­more’s English/Ir­ish Derby win­ner Camelot has a po­ten­tial star in RE EDIT who won on de­but at War­wick Farm Novem­ber 28 over 1400m the heavy 8.

The Chris Waller-trained, Kat­sumi Yoshida-owned three­year-old was do­ing her best work, un­der no pres­sure, to fin­ish 2.1-lengths from the very im­pres­sive SANC­TIONED who is ex-James Cum­mings now with David Pfi­ef­fer.

This win­ner of 1 from 14 tri­alled su­per at Can­ter­bury on De­cem­ber 20 and even though that strike-rate is trou­bling to say the least, he could so some­thing quite bold first-up.

There were some two-yearold per­for­mances last week that ranged from en­cour­ag­ing to out­stand­ing be­gin­ning with the Godol­phin filly AMERCEMENT who should have run sec­ond, not fourth, in the Gim­crack.

Bar­rier 14 didn’t do her any favours.

We saw then as we did again last Thurs­day what a whirl­wind fin­ish this daugh­ter of Lonhro has on her.

She just reeled in the not quite ‘tear­away leader’ straight to win with plenty of class and qual­ity.

An­other hugely im­pres­sive two-year- old on show was the David Payne trained DEEP CHILL who is from first crop of Wand­jina’s out of the dual Group 1 win­ning mare Eskimo Queen.

This $120,000 year­ling was at his best over the last 100m or so, he length­ened re­ally well and pow­ered through the line like Usain Bolt.

A nod to the fifth placed horse in this heat namely NOMBUSO from the Chris Waller sta­bles.

this colt looks quite cheap in that he is a Snitzel out of a Group 3 South­ern Halo mare but only cost $ 325,000.

That said, she’s been a hugely dis­ap­point­ing mare up un­til now — we hope.

One brood­mare that has been any­thing but or­di­nary is Kaap­tive Em­press who de­liv­ered Waller the Group 1 win­ning sib­lings Press State­ment and Press­day. Now he has a full to Press

to win big race with by the name of ANOTNIO PADRE.

If you like horses with a smooth, flu­ent ac­tion then this guy is your pin-up.

Mind you there was noth­ing wrong with the gal­lop­ing gait of NORTH, a Deep Field twoyearold colt from the Peter and Paul Snow­den camp.

North, a $ 300,000 Magic Mil­lions Year­ling pur­chase in 2018, was al­ways in con­trol of his heat which ac­counts for

‘easy’ 1.3-lengths win. An in­ter­est­ing horse took bronze in the trial by the name of IM­PACT­FUL.

A Waller colt owned (mostly) by his breeder, Ar­row­field, this rather valu­able race­horse is Deep Im­pact and to save time, let’s just say that his third dam is Shan­tha’s Choice.

Still with Waller, he supplied the first four over the line in Heat 3 and we es­pe­cially like win­ner MILUNKA who was tipped on top ( by this writer) when she was sched­uled to de­but the Kens­ing­ton Track on New Year’s Day.

She is a well-bred filly who looks to have qual­ity about her.

Ger­ald Ryan tri­alled two Snitzel three-year-old fil­lies that went re­ally well namely MISS BE­LIEF who nearly threw Jay Ford over the han­dle­bars at the start and Snitzer­land’s sis­ter, ZELROSA.

Lastly to two three-yearolds from Team Hawkes that have fu­tures, re­spec­tively — ROCK ( by Pierro) and BUCEPHALUS, a Se­gen­hoe son of Red­oute’s Choice stakeswin­ning mare Miss Stella­belle.

Our oth­ers from thee heats are; WALK THE RUN­WAY (un­raced four-year- old mare by All Too Hard from Fash­ions Afield, SPE­CIAL MIS­SILE, SMARTEDGE, SKIL­LET, BRIL­LIANT MIND and EGYP­TIAN MIS­SILE who is a good place to end given we started with his half­sis­ter Egyp­tian Sym­bol.

Egyp­tian Sym­bol has tri­alled well ahead of her Gold Coast tilt.

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