TOFFEE LOOKS SWEET ON MM TROPHY TASK
A $1 MILLION race at the Magic Millions meeting at the Gold Coast is the main summer target for the Danny O’Brientrained Toffee Nose who will continue her path when she steps up in distance tomorrow at Sandown.
Toffee Nose was unplaced her first-up run this preparation but O’Brien is hoping to see an improved showing from the mare on Saturday.
Toffee Nose’s autumn campaign included a win in the VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m), defeating subsequent Queensland Derby winner Ruthven, before finishing unplaced in her final run of the preparation the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in May.
Making her first appearance of this season at Bendigo earlier this month, Toffee Nose finished seventh in a 1300m- benchmark-78 race and she steps to 1600m in Saturday’s benchmark-84 for fillies and mares.
“We’re hoping that she’s going to get to the Magic Millions,” O’Brien said.
“There’s a 2200-metre race on Magic Millions day that she’s eligible for.”
The Magic Millions Trophy is on January 13.
“I thought her first-up run was only fair so we’re hoping for a better run on Saturday,” O’Brien said.
“I think she’s a mare that is probably at her best at around 2000 metres so the mile was an ideal stepping stone for her second-up.”
He said Toffee Nose’s form as a three-year-old was good.
“She’s got form around horses that have been really solid over the spring,” he said.
“We’re certainly expecting a big improvement from her into more suitable distance range.”