Chris Munce works out the mathematics and likes what he sees with Wicked Intent’s Magic Millions prospects
AFTER finishing fourth in the Calaway Gal Stakes, Chris Munce took a sneak peak at the clock, did some quick mathematics, kept a poker face and made his way back to the jockeys’ room.
The 0.9 sec gap between the colts in the Phelan Ready and Flamenco’s winning time only served to further confirm the merit of Wicked Intent’s win under Munce a race earlier.
Munce didn’t need any more convincing about Wicked Intent’s Magic Millions prospects, but the time added a little more justification to his lofty thinking.
Wicked Intent strolled home by more than four lengths, with a similar margin away to the third horse in making it three wins in as many starts on Saturday.
Bookmakers were also taken by the win, with TattsBet trimming Wicked Intent from $6 to $4 for the Magic Millions.
Munce described it as nothing more than “a track gallop” and both he and trainer Barry Mitchell are excited by the improvement the son of Wicked Style takes every time he goes to the races.
“This is a good horse. He has improved out of sight since September when we first got him. I have no doubt he will run 1200m,” Munce said.
“He can lead or sit off the pace. He is the ideal horse for the Magic Millions.”
Mitchell was adamant Wicked Intent would have stayed at home in his box if Saturday’s track came up heavy.
“I’m not prepared to risk him. There’s plenty of track gallops and jumpouts he can have to keep him up to the mark,” Mitchell said.
The trainer is now committed to running in the B.J. McLachlan Stakes at the Gold Coast in a fortnight and then into the Magic Millions.
“This horse just keeps improving with every run,” Mitchell said.
“He keeps surprising us with the way he improves.”
Liam Birchley has himself a second Magic Millions candidate with Flamenco, who was aided by a brilliant Larry Cassidy ride to win the Calaway Gal.
In a nightmare for racecallers Alan Thomas and David Fowler, Flamenco lunged late to beat the well-tried favourite Flamenco Girl.
“We picked the race out a month ago because we had a bit of an opinion of her, but you never know what’s going to come up for it,” Birchley said. “It worked out well and drawing in is a big help as well.”
Birchley said Flamenco is likely to go straight into the Magic Millions without another run.
His other MM candidate, Pepperano, is likely to run in Toowoomba on December 31 before her tilt at the Gold Coast.
“The more I get in the better,” Birchley said of his quest to win the $2 million feature for the first time.
Flamenco and Flamenco Girl both shortened to be $15 chances for the Millions.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/chris-munce-works-out-the-mathematics-and-likes-what-he-sees-with-wicked-intents-magic-millions-prospects/story-fnii0njy-1227155150839