Monday morning saw the announcement of the final field for Saturday’s $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.
The 1400m event was recently strengthened from a 16-horse field to an 18-horse field, with a further five emergencies hoping a runner above them is scratched, with that dream a reality for connections of Snitzonfire after Mishani Impact was scratched shortly after acceptances were taken.
Topping the weight scale with 56.6kg is John O’Shea’s colt, Bend The Knee, after he won the Listed Springtime Stakes at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Despite being a filly, dual-Group 2 winner Jamaea, will have to carry 56kg in Saturday’s race, 1.5kg more than Queensland fillies Rhapsody Rose, Miss Hipstar and Me Me Lagarde, with the trio all Listed winners.
Rhapsody Rose will be out to give Chris Munce his second win as a trainer in the Guineas, after Boomsara won the race in 2019.
A number of horses will be looking to keep their winning streaks alive, with I Am Lethal and Me Me Lagarde looking to make it a hattrick of wins, while Danny Bougoure’s filly Indiscreetly will be hoping to take her career record to four wins from four starts, after she trounced her rivals in the City To Surf Plate at Doomben on Boxing Day by 6.25 lengths.
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Sharing joint favouritism with Jamaea is Peter & Paul Snowden’s gelding, King Of Sparta, who will be looking to repeat what his stablemate Aim did in the 2021 edition of this race.
That stable will also saddle up Construct in their two-pronged attack to go back-to-back in the $2 million 3YO feature.
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have a strong hand in the race, with both Shihonka and Snitzonfire set to take their place in the 1400m event.
Chris Waller will saddle up just the one starter in this race, with Starman attempting to go back-to-back after being a dominant 3.25-length winner at this track on Saturday in the 3YO Handicap (1200m).
Starman is on the fourth line of betting at $8.50 with the online bookmakers, with James McDonald out to win both $2 million features, should he steer Coolangatta home in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic earlier in the day.
The barrier draw is set to take place at Surfer’s Paradise, after the barriers are drawn for the 2YO Classic.