Magic Millions 2YO Classic: Barrier draw helps Gai Waterhouse’s bid for fifth win

Racing’s first lady Gai Waterhouse strengthened her claims of winning a fifth Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic after Swift Witness zoomed to become equal favourite as several other top fancies drew poorly.

Filly Swift Witness, who qualified for Saturday’s $2 million dash with a win on the Gold Coast last Saturday, drew barrier 11 but firmed from $4.60 to $4.20 equal favourite with tab.com.au

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She's All Class (was $4) and Swift Witness (was $4.60) $4.20 equal favourites for Saturday's #MagicMillions 2YO Classic at @GCTurfClub following the barrier draw.https://t.co/6KoQEQYMPr pic.twitter.com/jL8eesdBzJ

That was mainly because several other leading contenders drew much wider.

Chris Waller is three-handed as he attempts to win his first Magic Millions 2YO Classic but his top chance, dominant Wyong Magic Millions winner She’s All Class, drew off the track in barrier 18.

She’s All Class eased from $4 to $4.20 and was clinging onto equal favouritism.

Barrier 18 was the widest barrier still available for selection when She’s All Class was drawn in the function on the Surfers Paradise foreshore.

Victorian Magic Millions contenders Finance Tycoon (barrier 21) and Fake Love (barrier 20) drew the carpark for Saturday’s $2 million race.

Finance Tycoon eased from $8.50 to $9.50 while Fake Love was $12 to $14.

“Finance Tycoon does have good gate speed, he will jump well but he will be wide,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said.

“There’s not much we can do about it now, we just have to go with the flow.”

Chris Waller’s second seed, colt Shaquero, firmed from $11 into $10 after coming up with the inside barrier for the third consecutive time.

Waller is sweating on a run for Ranch Hand, the first emergency, who was $12 into $11 after coming up with barrier 3.

Toby Edmonds has won the Magic Millions before, with Houtzen in 2017, and now he and son Trent have a gilt-edged chance to claim the race after their unbeaten colt Alpine Edge drew barrier nine.

Bookies gave Alpine Edge a slight trim, firming from $9 to $8.50.

But the big winners were probably Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott with filly Swift Witness. Brenton Avdulla was also all smiles after being confirmed for the Magic Millions ride only last Saturday.

Glen Boss rides Swift Witness to victory at the Gold Coast last Saturday. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

Barrier 11 may not normally be something to write home about but they will certainly take it given the favoured runners drawn outside them and the fact they could come in three slots if emergencies don’t gain a start.

Four-time winner Waterhouse holds the record for the most Magic Millions 2YO Classic wins, having last won the rich race in 2012 with Driefontein.

Since 2012, she has had at least one runner in every edition of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Previously, she also won with Dance Hero (2004), Excellerator (2001) and Assertive Lad (2000).

Final draw for @mmsnippets 2YO Classic.

Name the winner 👇 pic.twitter.com/DN9qam8CeK

The glittering Magic Millions trophy arrived at the barrier draw at Surfers Paradise by helicopter and was collected in the ocean by lifesavers before being transported to the beach and held aloft by NRL legend Billy Slater.

Pretty damn cool 😎 pic.twitter.com/hbXXU3cPW4

The field of 16 plus five emergencies are below.

MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC (1200m)

1. ALPINE EDGE, Toby & Trent Edmonds, Robbie Fradd, 57kg, barrier 9

2. FINANCE TYCOON, Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes, Luke Nolen, 57kg, barrier 21

3. READILY AVAILABULL, John Sargent, Michael Dee, 57kg, barrier 7

4. SHAQUERO, Chris Waller, Hugh Bowman, 57kg, barrier 1

5. GHOSTWRITER, Annabel Neasham, Luke Currie, 57kg, barrier 12

6. BABY WONG, Stephen Jones, Nash Rawiller, 57kg, barrier 6

7. MISHANI SCANDAL, Les Ross, 57kg, barrier 17

8. RAMBEAU, Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, 57kg, barrier 10

9. FAKE LOVE, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Glen Boss, 55kg, barrier 20

10. MURA MURA, Peter & Paul Snowden, John Allen, 55kg, barrier 8

11. SHE’S ALL CLASS, Chris Waller, James McDonald, 55kg, barrier 18

12. SWIFT WITNESS, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, 55kg, barrier 11

13. YOU’LL BE MIST, Darryl Hansen, Jim Byrne, 55kg, barrier 14

14. MISS HIPSTAR, Kelly Schweida, Larry Cassidy, 55kg, barrier 19

15. QUEEN OF WIZARDRY, Annabel Neasham, Stephanie Thornton, 55kg, barrier 15

16. PRINCESS BOJACK, Michael Nolan, Michael Cahill, 55kg, barrier 5

17e. RANCH HAND, Chris Waller, 57kg, barrier 3

18e. RUBY KISSES, Gary Moore, 55kg, barrier 4

19e. MISHANI ENCHANTED, Les Ross, 55kg, barrier 16

20e. WIN BURN, Stuart Kendrick, 57kg, barrier 13

21e. GLORIOUS RUBY, Bryan Dias, 55kg, barrier 2

They’re off on the first beach gallop for the morning ahead of the @mmsnippets Barrier Draw pic.twitter.com/fT9VNFniTI

Originally published asMM Classic barrier draw: Gai big winner in bid for five

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