Over the next few days, many of Blue Sky Bloodstock’s 2016 yearling purchases will hit the track in an attempt to qualify for January’s $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.
With the Spring’s Group 3 winner INVINCIBLE STAR already qualified for the lucrative race, yearling purchases LEGAL GIRL, MADONNICA and DINNIGAN will all face off in Thursday’s Wyong Magic Millions 2YO (1100m), while UNDAUNTED will make his debut over 1200m at Rosehill on Saturday and FROM WITHIN will make her debut on Boxing Day over the 1000m at Randwick.
An impressive winner of Flemington’s Group 3 Ottawa Stakes on her racetrack debut in November, Invincible Star (Invincible Spirt) was purchased in conjunction with Waterhouse from the draft of Yarraman Park and is currently the third highest rated two-year-old filly to have raced this season.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, a duo that Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland is forming a formidable combination with, the Randwick-based trainers will saddle up Madonnica and Dinnigan in Thursday’s race.
Second on debut behind Sebring Express, the Corumbene Stud-bred and sold Madonnica (Snitzel) was purchased by Blaxland and Waterhouse and looks set to improve as she heads into the Wyong race and with Tim Clark in the saddle, the filly (pictured above as a yearling) should get every chance from barrier three.
Making her debut at Wyong is another Snitzel filly for the Waterhouse and Blaxland purchasing team, this time the Tommy Berry-ridden, Aquis Farm part-owned Dinnigan (pictured above as a yearling). Heading to the race off an impressive four and a quarter length barrier trial victory, the Widden Stud-sold filly comes from the family of Group 1 winners Wonderful World and Spartacus.
The third of the trio lining up in Thursday’s race is Legal Girl (pictured below as a yearling) for the Clarry Conners stable. Secured from the draft of Segenhoe Stud, the Star Witness filly has raced on two occasions, finishing second on debut behind fellow Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling purchase SERENA BAY in November, before taking third behind Sebring Express at Wyong.
Both Serena Bay and Sebring Express contested the recent $500,000 Inglis Nursey where they finished fourth and fifth respectively, highlighting the form of Legal Girl.
With Undaunted (pictured below as a yearling) having accepted to race on Thursday at Wyong, but being withdrawn to head to Saturday’s race at Rosehill, the Snitzel colt will be ridden by Blake Shinn from barrier four.
Trained by the Waterhouse/Bott combination, the colt was secured from the draft of Newgate Farm by Waterhouse and Blaxland and is a full-brother to the Group 3 placed Extreme Impact from the family of Group 2-winning sprinter Blur and his Group 3-winning, Group 1 placed three-quarter brother Shrewd Rhythm.
With a large group of owners, the colt has been readied for his debut with two barrier trials, having finishing fourth on both occasions.
Fields for Boxing Day are currently only at the nominations stage, but the Chris Waller-trained From Within looks set to make her debut over 1000m.
Super impressive in her two sole barrier trials, winning by three lengths on December 6, following that up with an even more impressive performance on the 19th, winning by four and a quarter lengths, the Not A Single Doubt filly is a full-sister to stakes winner Cruden Bay.
Raced by Mark Sowerby and Raffles Racing, the filly (pictured above as a yearling)was secured from the draft of Yarraman Park.
Time and effort on the road is needed to visit as many stud farms as possible prior to the sale, and Blaxland has well and truly been busy, inspecting over 800 yearlings over the last three weeks in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Having so many live chances to make the field for $2million Magic Millions in January is testament to the effort put in 12 months ago and if anyone is interested in getting involved with the team and looking at securing a yearling to be aimed at the 2018 race, please contact the office on 02 9360 5618 to express your interest.