Magic Millions: Aim firms as favourite after barrier draw

The immediate market reaction suggested Tommy Berry’s hopes of winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic for a third time improved when Aim came up with barrier two this morning, but the jockey fears the alley may present some problems.

Ladbrokes reacted by trimming the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt from $6 to $5.50 for the $2 million race, making him the clear favourite, but Berry would have liked it to be a shade wider.

“It is better than drawing out really wide. I would have preferred something like eight with him because of his style,” Berry said.

“This horse is going to get back from the start but we just need the luck to get through them.

“Hopefully I can find the right out to take us into the race.””/>
media_cameraJockey Tommy Berry.

Second elect with Ladbrokes is Farnan ($7), who seemingly drew ideally in barrier 5 and firmed from $8.

Queensland’s leading hope according to the market is Gotta Kiss, who firmed slightly from $14 to $12 after drawing barrier four.

Gotta Kiss’ rider Stephanie Thornton was thrilled with the outcome.

“I’m rapt. I was very nervous coming here this morning,” she said. “That draw is exactly what I would have hoped for.

King’s Legacy held his place in the market at $7, while Every Rose firmed a shade ($10-$9) after getting barrier nine. If the emergencies don’t gain a start she will jump from gate eight.

Conversely, Godolphin’s hopes of repeating last year’s success of Exhilarates nosedived when Conceited drew barrier 17. It will only improve to 14 if the emergencies miss out.

Similarly, Ciaron Maher, who trained last year’s second placegetter Dubious, came up with double digits for the pair he trains in partnership with David Eustace, Rathlin (19) and Away Game (14).

“At the Gold Coast you always hope for one to 10, but it’s fine,” Maher said.

“The horses are in good order, that’s the main thing.”

Tommy Berry has another hot Magic Millions chance in Aim. Picture: Getty”/>
media_cameraTommy Berry has another hot Magic Millions chance in Aim. Picture: Getty Images

Dusty Tycoon ($13-$14, who will have the biggest cheer squad on Saturday with some 800 supporters scheduled to be at the Gold Coast track, had her chances dented with barrier 15.

Lady Banff ($15-$16), the Matt Dunn-trained filly who emerged through the Queensland summer, drew 12, but will jump from 10.

In the $2Million Magic Millions Guineas, Alligator Blood held his price of $1.80 after drawing barrier 11. He will start from barrier eight if the emergencies don’t gain a start.

Diamond Thunder (barrier 20) was joined on the second line of betting with It’s Kind Of Magic (gate 6) at $13 following the draw, while Dubious (10) is a $19 chance.


Gold Coast, Saturday

Field Limit: 16+5 EM

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight

1. KING’S LEGACY Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg

2. FARNAN Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 57kg

3. RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David EustaceMark Zahra 19 57kg

4. CONCEITED James Cummings Damian Lane17 57kg

5. AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 2 57kg

6. WISDOM OF WATER Toby & Trent EdmondsRobbie Fradd 7 57kg

7. NITROUS Peter & Paul SnowdenHugh Bowman 11 57kg

8. KAVAK Chris Munce Nash Rawiller 1 57kg

9. EUPHORIC SUMMER Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 6 55kg

10. EVERY ROSE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr9 55kg

11. GOTTA KISS Steven O’Dea Ms Stephanie Thornton (a) 4 55kg

12. DUSTY TYCOON Robert Heathcote Dale Smith 15 55kg

13. LADY BANFF Matthew Dunn James McDonald 12 55kg

14. AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie14 55kg

15. STELLAR PAULINE Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 13 55kg

16. SMART ’N’ SEXY (NZ)Toby & Trent Edmonds Matthew McGillivray 20 55kg

17e. BRIBERY Tony & Calvin McEvoy 10 55kg

18e. WAY BEYOND Stuart Kendrick 21 57kg

19e. THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds 16 57kg

20e. COSMIC GOSSIP Stuart Kendrick 18 55kg

21e. POUPEE Stuart Kendrick 3 55kg


Gold Coast, Saturday

Field Limit: 16+5 EM

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight

1. DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David EustaceJames McDonald 10 58kg

2. ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 11 57kg

3. HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 5 56.5kg

4. DIAMOND THUNDER Mark NewnhamJoshua Parr 20 56.5kg

5. EXHILARATES James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 56kg

6. SUPERIUM Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 1 56kg

7. KING OF HASTINGS Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 7 56kg

8. PROFIT Chris Anderson Glen Boss 15 56kg

9. ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Keagan Latham 21 56kg

10. LEVIATHAN Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 14 56kg

11. STAR SURPRISE Michael Moroney Damian Lane 19 56kg

12. SCOUT Toby & Trent Edmonds Tim Clark 16 56kg

13. THE EXECUTIONER Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 12 56kg

14. OH FIVE GLORY Peter & Will HulbertLarry Cassidy 18 54kg

15. IT’S KIND OF MAGIC Brent Stanley Brett Prebble 6 54kg

16. HOWWONDERFULLIFEIS Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 9 54kg

17e. LET IT POUR Bjorn Baker 17 54kg

18e. GALA MISS Kelly Schweida 13 54kg

19e. DESIGNATED risten Buchanan 3 56kg

20e. BADOOSH Matthew Dunn 4 56kg

21e. BELLS APPROACHING Matthew Dunn 2 56kg

Originally published as Aim off target? Berry’s barrier draw fear

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