Barbie ready to taste MM glory
THERE can be no more appropriate racing name in the middle of an Aussie summer than Outback Barbie. And can throw on as many prawns, bangers and onions as you like, it’s time to cook up a $2 million storm in tomorrow’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m).
In fact, the daughter of Spirit Of Boom is one the best bets on a high, wide and handsome Gold Coast card.
Don’t be swayed by last start’s failure to finish off at Doomben behind Boomsara when heavily backed.
From a wide gate, she didn’t get the right cover or “tow” into race at any stage and actually did well to finish as close as she did.
Tomorrow’s “Grand Final” will be different.
From gate three, fourth-up over the right trip, Sydney hoop James MacDonald can park Outback Barbie ($2.60) just that little bit closer, still well back, but with all the cover in the world.
Also with more pressure on upfront, I’m banking the gaps opening a little earlier so she can unleash that rattling final 300m.
You only need to go back two starts to that flashing second behind Zoustyle in the Listed Gold Edition (1200m) on Dec. 18.
Outback Barbie ran her last 600m in a blinding 33.60 secs, the best fillies of the Sydney spring weren’t clocking that, even when tempo was right on.
My MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO GUINEAS TIPS: 1. OUTBACK BARBIE; 2. Smart Elissim, 3. Boomsara; 4. Zizzis
In the headline $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), unbeaten Randwick colt Czarson ($7.50) has credentials left, right and centre, despite only facing the starter for the third time.
A son of Golden Slipper winner Stratum from the Waterhouse-Bott camp, Czarson already has a dominant debut win over big fancy Exhilarates ($5.50) in late Nov. before blitzing the field from the front at Rosehill on Dec. 8.
He went back to trials just after Christmas and beat home stablemate Unite And Conquer ($6.00) after that colt had won the Wyong Magic Millions.
Even allowing for being pushed out late, Czarson clocked a flying 32.90 seconds for his last 600m in soft ground.
In the head-strong hustle and bustle of two-year-olds, talk about a bulletproof little CV.
I expect Tim Clark to roll him across from a wide gate and park off the fence and just behind speed.
The David Hayes-trained filly Champagne Boom ($19.00) is a threat, her last furlong behind United And Conquer at Wyong was terrific, and she draws a cosy low gate.
My MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC TIPS: 1. CZARSON; 2. Champagne Boom; 3. United And Conquer; 4. Exhilarates
in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), tigerish grey Sir Bacchus ($21.00) can do the “unthinkable” and win two straight in two different states at big odds – the key is the weight.
Two runs back in high benchmark races under big weights, the six-year-old got home nicely without ever threatening, but third-up on just 54.5kg, he sailed home to win the December Handicap at Warwick Farm.
Admittedly that was in preferred wet ground, but Sir Bacchus also reacts on firm ground, as long as he’s in with a light weight.
Tomorrow he carries 0.5kg over the limit from a gate where he can be saved for one late surge.
My MAGIC MILLIONS CUP TIPS: 1. SIR BACCHUS; 2. Husson Eagle; 3. Smartedge
At Royal Randwick, eachway punters can crow early at huge odds aboard four-yearold Mudgee mare Lucy’s Legacy ($26.00) in Race 2 Highway Handicap (1600m).
After a close second resuming at Mudgee, she was a good thing beaten at Orange when badly held up in the straight before flashing late, and bolts in with any luck.
The big straight nice draw here suit nicely.
The Tony Gollan-trained Outback Barbie is primed to salute in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.