Nothing Dubious about Magic colt
BREEDERS’ Plate winner Dubious makes his Queensland debut in the Basil Nolan Jnr Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm tomorrow as he marches towards next month’s Magic Millions.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt has had two barrier trials in Sydney in preparation for his return to racing and is ready to go according to Eustace.
“He needs to have a run under his belt before the Magic Millions which is in three weeks,” Eustace said.
“He’s had the recent two trials. In the second trial, he was naturally more forward and wound-up but we have definitely left something there all the same and there’s plenty of improvement to come.”
The son of Not A Single Doubt has drawn barrier nine for tomorrow’s assignment and will start a clear cut favourite.
“We would love to keep his record intact and that is what we will be trying do tomorrow,” he said.
Purchased for $350,000, Dubious will become the first Magic Millions runner both Maher and Eustace.
“It’s very exciting to have a runner in the Magic Millions,” he said.
“Ciaron had a runner in the three-year-old race few years back but never one in the main race.
“We bought a few horses from the sale back in January, not solely to get a runner the race, but it’s nice to have one heading back
the Gold Coast with a chance, especially for the owners.
“He is owned by Aquis, who have supported stable for the past year, as well as some other owners who have been supporting the stable for quite a few years as well.”
Dubious, who is current an $8 equal second favourite for the Magic Millions behind $4.50 favourite Unite And Conquer, will attempt to emulate the feat of Capitalist and become just the second horse capture Breeders’ Plate/Magic Millions double.
Following his Queensland campaign, the colt will then have a break before returning for the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
“After the Magic Millions, he will be set for the Golden Slipper,” Eustace said.
Dubious makes his Queensland debut at Eagle Farm tomorrow on his way to the Magic Millions Classic in January.