Magic Millions 2YO Classic – Runner By Runner

The Wolf’s Runner by Runner guide to The 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic run over 1200m at Gold Coast this Saturday.

The race is steeped in history and has been won by champions such as Testa Rossa, Phelan Ready, Capitalist and most recently by Houtzen.

Here are The Wolf’s thoughts on the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Jonker ($4.60)
Barrier: 
3
Trainer: 
David Atkins
Jockey: 
Hugh Bowman

Jonker is undefeated throughout his career which includes his first trial on the Beaumont track at Newcastle. Following his trial win he was sent out a red-hot favourite in the Max Lees Classic where he was able to win by a comfortable three lengths. He then put in a dominant display in the Magic Millions 2YO at Wyong where won by over four lengths. The form around him is strong and if Bowman can position him just behind the leaders he’ll be in the finish. One of the leading chances.

Ef Troop ($4.80)
Barrier: 18
Trainer: Tony Gollan
Jockey: 
Matthew McGillivray

Ef Troop has had two starts for two wins, most recently in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben where he was able to win by over five lengths in dominant fashion. He flew out of the gates that day to lead where jockey Matthew McGillivray let him run and go on with things relatively untouched. He’s an outstanding talent who whilst he’s been given the wide draw, looks the one to beat as he should jump to an early lead and play catch me if you can from there.

Quackerjack ($34)
Barrier: 
19
Trainer: 
Mark Newnham
Jockey: 
Koby Jennings

Quackerjack has shown ability across his short three-start career; most recently winning at Randwick when beating home the talented Secret Lady. The wide draw isn’t a concern as he is more than likely going to settle midfield and give chase from there but The Wolf doubts it will be enough to run down those on speed.

Legislation ($21)
Barrier: 7
Trainer: 
Peter & Paul Snowden
Jockey: 
Damian Browne

Legislation has had two career starts and in the most recent was beaten by Quackerjack. The stable must be respected but The Wolf is happy to oppose him here.

Fullazaboot ($34)
Barrier:
21
Trainer: 
Stuart Kendrick
Jockey: 
Tye Angland

Fullazaboot has had the two career starts for a win and a defeat suggesting that he does have talent, but he won’t be winning here. One to follow back to Brisbane.

Crockett ($31)
Barrier: 
10
Trainer: 
Tony McEvoy
Jockey: 
Jamie Kah

Crockett has been defeated by both Ef Troop and Meryl and on both occasions the margin was by four lengths or more. He gets a few key gear changes which could sharpen him up but The Wolf doubts it will be enough to win here.

Bondi ($18)
Barrier: 
20
Trainer: 
Peter & Paul Snowden 
Jockey: 
Blake Shinn

Bondi was the subject of a very good betting move last start at Wyong against Jonker but failed to live up to expectations as he went on to lose by nearly five lengths. He won’t turning that margin around here.

Skyray ($34)
Barrier: 
8
Trainer: 
Clarry Conners
Jockey: 
Jason Collett

Skyray has had two starts where he has placed once and finish fourth in his most recent start behind Quackerjack at Randwick. Both times he’s been slow out which you cannot afford to do, especially against a hot two year-old field like this. Happy to risk.

Meryl ($15)
Barrier: 
5
Trainer: 
Lee Curtis
Jockey: 
Christian Reith

Meryl was brilliant last start at Doomben when she won the Group 3 B.J McLachlan against a reasonably handy field. The Wolf expects this Group 3 form to stack up here and Meryl looks an excellent chance for the exotics.

Secret Lady ($20)
Barrier: 
11
Trainer: 
Gary Portelli
Jockey: 
Ben Melham

Secret Lady has had the three career starts in Sydney – with her best run producing a win in the Golden Gift over 1100m at Rosehill. She was beaten by Quackerjack last start and The Wolf will be opposing both. Prefer her back in Sydney.

Sunlight ($4.00)
Barrier: 
15
Trainer: 
Tony McEvoy
Jockey: 
Luke Currie

Sunlight boasts an impressive record of two wins from three career starts and is undefeated when racing in Queensland. She’s won her last two starts by a combined 9.5 lengths and if she brings her best here she is a major player. She’s drawn awkwardly in barrier 15 but expect Currie to send her straight to a forward position from there where she should get every chance in the running. She’s undefeated at the track but The Wolf suspects this record will come to an end here.

Nomothaj ($10)
Barrier: 
2
Trainer: 
David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
Jockey: 
Stephen Baster

Nomothaj has had one career start for one win at Flemington up the straight and looks to have a real future. She beat Sunlight home that day at Flemington which indicates to The Wolf that she is a serious talent on the rise as Sunlight has since gone on to demolish two reasonably able fields at Gold Coast. Has since tuned up with a trial win at Randwick and looks ready to fire here off that win. Must be respected off his debut run and recent trial. One for the exotics.

Outback Barbie ($21)
Barrier: 
6
Trainer: 
Tony Gollan
Jockey: 
Jim Byrne

Outback Barbie is undefeated in one outing when winning the Listed Calaway Gal at Doomben in very good style. The Wolf prefers other formlines but interesting to note that she was beaten a nose by Sunlight in a trial prior to her debut run. She could be one for the exotics.

Anthemoessa ($26)
Barrier: 
4
Trainer: 
Matthew Cumani
Jockey: 
Jordan Childs

Two outings for two places, both of which in Victoria. Needs to lift. Not here.

Witherspoon ($26)
Barrier: 
12
Trainer: 
Brad Widdup
Jockey: 
Corey Brown

Witherspoon is yet to notch up a win and The Wolf doesn’t expect it will be coming here. Pass.

Whiskey Shooter ($41)
Barrier: 
9
Trainer: 
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
Jockey: 
Tim Clark

Whiskey Shooter won a maiden at Canterbury on debut, which was mildly impressive, against her however is that she’s run a slower time over 1100m than Jonker and Ef Troop and visually wasn’t as impressive. Not here.

Paquirri ($101)
Barrier: 
17
Trainer: 
Gary Moore
Jockey: 
Not Notified

Paquirri has shown talent across his short three-start career which includes a placing behind Jonker. Against him however is that he is yet to notch up a win and his 4.5 length loss to Sunlight doesn’t help his cause. Not here.

Terminology ($51)
Barrier: 
14
Trainer: 
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
Jockey:
Not Notified

Terminology had her first career start at Wyong where she was very heavily backed to win coming off an impressive 10 length trial win, however she failed to place that day and didn’t look overly impressive. Sunlight has since beaten her by 4.5 lengths suggesting she she may not be as good as they first though off that trial win. Not here.

Spirit’s Pride ($151)
Barrier: 
1
Trainer: 
Michael Nolan
Jockey: 
Not Notified

Two scratchings is unlikely and coming off a weak handicap race at Toowoomba isn’t the right form line. Not here.

Sugar Sizzle ($151)
Barrier: 
16
Trainer: 
Angela Plumb
Jockey: 
Ryan Plumb

Beaten 10 lengths by Sunlight last start. No chance.

Catastrophic ($126)
Barrier:
13
Trainer: 
Chris Munce
Jockey: 
Not Notified

If he gets a run he may go close as he finished a length behind Ef Troop on debut which reads very well for this. However, making the field looks very unlikely.

The Wolf’s Top 5

The Wolf is keen to side with Ef Troop who demolished his rivals by over five lengths last start and looks a serious talent on the rise.

1 – Ef Troop
2 – Sunlight
3 – Jonker
4 – Nomothaj
5 – Meryl

Bet on the latest 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic market here.

Odds correct as of 5:00pm Thursday, 11 January.