The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOOGOOD

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.”

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