Bloodstock guru Julian Blaxland scouted a filly which started a Magic Millions favourite in his first year of trading and now he's warming to the idea of history repeating after From Within soared to the brink of favouritism for the $2 million Gold Coast sprint with an effortless debut win at Canterbury.
Trainer Chris Waller will wait before rubber-stamping a trip to the holiday strip in a fortnight after the filly, the first Blaxland's Blue Sky Bloodstock has raced with Australia's leading Group 1 trainer, scorched her rivals on debut at $1.45.
"I thought it was really easy," Blaxland joked of his first and only Magic Millions adventure when the Gai Waterhouse-trained She's Meaner was nabbed on the line in 2008. "It was my first year as a bloodstock agent. We had the favourite and I haven't had one close [to qualifying] since then."
And From Within could again occupy the top rung in betting after Ladbrokes firmed her to $6.50 for the Magic Millions, just a slot behind Wyong Magic Millions heroine Madeenaty ($6).
One of the final frontiers left for Waller to conquer is a major two-year-old winner before Brisbane's winter carnival and From Within looks to have all the makings, bouncing from stalls and treating her rivals with contempt at Canterbury.
The winning margin was only one-and-a-quarter lengths from Invader, with the already qualified Chauffeur a further three-quarters-of-a-length back, but the numbers didn't relay how soft jockey Glyn Schofield was on From Within over the final 100 metres.
"She's a superstar," Schofield said. "She's got everything. She's got attitude, she's got size, she's got speed, she's got the action and she's won effortlessly.
"On face value, there's not much you can say about how she will improve, but you can feel she's got improvement in her because she's never really been tested in either trial or the race.
"I just love the way she quickened around the corner at the top of the straight with her ears up. She put five lengths on them and then I basically just shut her down."
Waller was so smitten with the $360,000 filly he chased Blaxland to train her after being left stranded an underbidder on the Gold Coast. Raffles Racing, whose purse-strings also didn't extend far enough, joined the party and they now have a leading chance to repay the dividend and then some.
"As long as she does everything right [we will go to the Gold Coast]," Waller said. "It's only two weeks until the Magic Millions and we'll be making sure she will be put under a bit of pressure before committing to going.
"I like to go into a race on cruise mode, but I won't be with her. We might have to do a bit of work and I want to educate her a bit more and put her in behind some older horses and see her work."
Added Blaxland: "When you buy expensive fillies like that you hope they come out and do something like this, but they don't always do. She's really exciting. She's just a smashing filly. Hopefully she can be a serious filly in the autumn too."
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