Graceful Anna, potential star filly, aiming for her fifth win in succession, is facing her toughest race to date in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1400 metres), to be run on the Gold Coast next Saturday. She’s part of a field of 16 smart young things, both male and female. On Boxing Day she beat the boys in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Stakes (1350 metres) on a slow track.
Looking at her form, it appears she can perform on any surface, so whatever the weather in Queensland on Saturday she has an excellent chance, despite drawing Barrier 10. At last I can say, in tribute to the Australian comedian Austen Tayshus’ song, Australiana, Go Anna!
Her main rivals appear to be Love Conquers All and Shoot Out, Choistar, Latin News and fillies Deer Valley and Tallow.
In the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200 metres) the favourite Ambers Waltz has drawn badly, (Barrier 17) which skews her chances, but there are other fillies that I’m sure have claims - Military Rose, Triple Crown and Red Belly Black to name a few. Of the colts and geldings, the Gai Waterhouse trained, Brightexpectations and local colt, Spirit of Boom seem the most likely.
Sydney horse, O’Lonhro, is top weight in the Magic Millions Cup (1400 metres) and is returning from a three month break to compete against a pretty ordinary field. He showed heaps of ability in the spring defeating several classy horses including Roman Emperor and Miss Marielle in Group 2 events. He has the added advantage of having top jockey Darren Beadman in the saddle.
It must be remembered, however, that this is Queensland racing and it has a tendency to be unpredictable and yield surprise results.
Magic Millions owners, Gerry Hervey and John Singleton, have failed in their bid to have the 2YO Classic prize money lifted by $5 million. It sounded rather ridiculous to have an unlisted race for two year olds become the richest in the world, especially as it is limited to horses purchased at the magic millions sales.
Yay! Graceful Anna won! Tallow came second with Love Conquers All running third