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Saturday Post Mortem with Chris Scholtz

Chris Scholtz reviews racing around Australia on January 13.

Saturday Post Mortem with Chris Scholtz

Chris Scholtz reviews racing around Australia on January 13.

2018 Magic Millions Raceday

THE STARS


TONY McEVOY/SUNLIGHT: His training of this brilliant filly was the story of the Magic Millions Classic. He gave her a meticulous preparation and she delivered in spades.

GREG HICKMAN/PIERATA: The same must be said for this popular Warwick Farm trainer, who has 1.7 million reasons to savour a summer he will never forget. And he isn’t the only one in awe of the potential of this exciting three-year-old – just ask the studs queuing to secure the colt!

MATT DUNN/CARE TO THINK: Country-based trainer continues to deliver results that stamp him as one of the best talents in Australia. Can’t wait to see how far he can go with the classy Care To Think, who could turn out to be one of the great Magic Millions bargains.

LLOYD KENNEWELL/VIDDORA: Talking of training talents, what a job the gun Adelaide trainer has done with this high class mare winning million dollar races on both sides of the continent in successive starts.

BLAIKE McDOUGALL: The 23-year-old apprentice with a family endured a very tough 48 hours before landing his first city treble at Randwick. A just reward for a dedicated worker.

RICHARD JOLLY/VICTOR WONG: They cleaned up at Gawler with each enjoying three wins. OK, it wasn’t the Gold Coast but trebles are hard to come by wherever you race!

DARREN WEIR: He drew a blank at the Gold Coast but it was business as usual at Flemington where his team won three races.

BOUQUETS AND BRICKBATS

MATTHEW McGILLIVRAY: The culprit in the Magic Millions Classic will cool his heels for a month after causing the early carnage. He obviously had a plan to cross from his wide gate on Ef Troop but sadly got it wrong, costing Jonker his chance just as he was going to land in the box seat.

VOILIER: Randwick celebrations for his long suffering connections after this gelding finally ends his three year drought since his first win in the 2014 – 1133 days to be exact!

AARON BULLOCK: Talented Newcastle-based jockey lands his first ever metropolitan win at Randwick with a copy book ride on hot favourite Sugar Bella.

JACQUINOT BAY: Has to be the best 10-year-old still racing! Belied his years with a dashing win at Flemington, much due to the care he was given in early years by his late trainer Guy Walter. He would be very proud.

ROBBIE FRADD: Veteran member of the Brisbane “old boys school” upstaged his younger rivals at the Gold Coast with two wins on the Magic Millions program. His mate Jeff Lloyd weighed in with a win as well.

CHRIS WALLER: Quick to declare the establishment of his Gold Coast stable was the key to his Magic Millions double with Tumultuous and Invincibella.

ROBERT SMERDON/STUART WEBB: A lot of sideways glances at Flemington and Werribee after wins by the pair of Aquanita trainers at the centre of the race day treatments inquiry. They stand down from training on Monday.

RIDE OF THE DAY

There were some pearlers at the Gold Coast – Fradd’s double, Brown on Pierata, Collett with Zafina – but the prize goes to Brenton Avdulla for weaving through the field from near last on Tumultuous for a last stride win in the MM Trophy.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Few realised what apprentice Blaike McDougall went through to make the weight in the lead-up to his first city treble at Randwick:-

• “I’m buggered. Losing that last kilogram was hard. I can’t hear properly, my ears are going in and out, my hips are shot, but it was worth it. On Thursday night I was in hospital with my little baby, then I drove to Port Macquarie races on my own for seven rides and although I rode a winner that didn't make the drive home any easier.”

THEY SAID IT

• It’s brilliant for our brand, what a great filly. The key was getting her here when we did, she’s been able to acclimatise and handle the heat really well.” - Sunlight’s trainer Tony McEvoy.

• “She came here with the weight of expectation and she’s proved all of her fans right. Coming to the home turn it was matter of how far.” – Sunlight’s rider Luke Currie.

• “She pulled their pants down, she was the best horse in the race. She beat them like she was the best mare in Australia - she's just a bloody good horse, it's as simple as that.” – Viddora’s trainer Lloyd Kennewell.

• “He’s the best I’ve had. He’s very special and if I can train him properly and keep him in one piece, who knows where he could end up. I hope this horse can take me to where I want to be as a Group One trainer.” – Matt Dunn’s hopes for Care To Think.

• “The heavens opened on straightening and it allowed him the dream run through. He's turn of foot is unbelievable - it's electric when you let him go. I don’t mind a bit of pressure, especially when you’re riding good horses like this.” – Pierata’s rider Corey Brown.

• “We had early aspirations of him being a Derby horse but that didn’t work out, so this is just as good, a million dollar race - it can change people’s lives.” - Chris Waller on Tumultuous.

• “Last year we brought some nice horses here ... they melted. They need to acclimatise - you don't learn that here in the winter time. They need time to adjust to the heat and there's certainly a bit of local advantage in it - having a base up here on the Gold Coast is a very important thing.” - the key to Magic Millions success from Chris Waller.

• "I’m rapt. Everyone wants to have a runner on this day and this is our first opportunity to do so and to win is super.” - Zafina’s Canberra trainer Matt Dale.

• “You buy a horse like this for not a lot of money and you dream to come back to a race day like this. We gave him a flukers chance because he makes his own luck. He’s not the best horse I’ve trained but he’s a real tough little fellow.” - I’m A Rippa’s trainer Tony Gollan.

• “He’s a good kid and he can ride. He gets down on himself but I said keep your head down and bum up and keep quiet and do your best.’’ – John Thompson’s advice to his apprentice Blaike McDougall.

• "It's probably the best feeling I've ever had winning. To do it for Kris Lees is a bonus too. He's been a great supporter - I wouldn't be here without him. He promised me he'd get me this before Christmas but 13 days after New Year is good enough." – Aaron Bullock after riding his first Sydney winner.

• “It’s been a long time coming but he’s got the monkey off his back. I was confident this day would come, it had to.” – Voilier’s trainer Gary Nickson.

• “It's been a while since we've seen the best of him and you always wonder how much longer he can keep going. When he's on song he knows where the winning post is. He's as tough as any horse I've ridden - you just know what you're going to get all the time from him." – Burning Front’s rider Brad Rawiller.

THE SACK FILE

DINNIGAN Horseform: Went out hard but was still entitled to win. Weak.

GLOBAL GLAMOUR Horseform: Disappointing from a mare of her class. Continued a bad day in the Gold Coast sun for the Waterhouse/Bott stable.

NOMOTHAJ Horseform: Lesson 1 – you can’t win a Magic Millions Classic first-up. Lesson 2 – a spring win doesn’t make a summer (apologies to literature buffs).

BLACKBOOK

EPIC RANT Horseform: Hard to beat in an easier maiden.

FIT FOR PURPOSE Horseform: Suited up to 1600m in his right class.

MY COUNTRY Horseform: Watch out for her back in Sydney.

FULLAZABOOT Horseform: Stood out behind a brilliant winner.

ROMAN TYPHOON Horseform: Will be well placed midweek.

REACH FOR HEAVEN Horseform: Hard to work hard first-up. Follow.



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