Egyptian looks ready for Magic
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.