Liam Birchley’s talented filly Saga Of The Storm surges into Magic Millions 2YO Classic field
TRAINER Liam Birchley added a third prong to his assault on next month’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday before warning he could yet qualify a fourth runner for the $2 million race.
Talented filly Saga Of The Storm booked her spot in the Magic Millions field with a comfortable one-length victory in the QTIS two-year-old handicap (1110m) at Doomben.
She joins stablemates Pepperano and Flamenco in the Magic Millions field and Birchley said he still had a few Magic Millions hopefuls to step out at the races in the coming weeks.
“There is a couple more (Magic Millions two-year-olds) still to race but there aren’t that many races around for them so I’ve still got to look at the program,” Birchley said.
“It’s hard to compare the three that have qualified for the race and they are all slightly different types and it all comes down to getting the luck at the Gold Coast.”
Despite his strong representation in the race already, Brisbane-based Birchley is not getting carried away as the two-year-old feature has been a hoodoo race for him in the past.
He has had multiple placings in the big race with Paprika (second, 2009), Missy Longstocking (third, 2013) and Ruby Soho (third, 2014).
Asked if he had the firepower to claim his first Magic Millions 2YO Classic next month, Birchley said it was too early to tell.
“I’ve probably had better firepower in the past and lost and there is a lot of water to go under the bridge yet,” he said.
Saga Of The Storm, who might back up in Saturday’s B.J McLachlan Stakes (1200m) on the Gold Coast, firmed from $26 to $11 for the Magic Millions with TattsBet, while Melbourne winner Claudia Jean ($41-$15) and Sydney placegetter Miss Idyllic ($17-$10) also tightened significantly.
Queenslander Wicked Intent ($4) is still the favourite for the January 10 feature.