Noth­ing Du­bi­ous about Magic colt

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

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.

Pic: Grant Guy

Du­bi­ous makes his Queens­land de­but at Ea­gle Farm to­mor­row on his way to the Magic Mil­lions Clas­sic in January.

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