Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2015: Chris Munce adamant Wicked Intent can make amends
CHRIS Munce has pointed to the example of Sepoy in maintaining his confidence that Wicked Intent is still the one to beat in the Magic Millions, despite suffering his first defeat on Saturday.
Wicked Intent lost his aura of invincibility when beaten by Mishani Honcho at the Gold Coast, with bookmakers immediately easing him in Magic Millions betting.
But Munce is adamant the run was full of merit and not something to toss the toys out of the cot over.
“Sepoy did the same thing. He was beaten in the Todman at really short odds and then came out and blew them away in the Slipper,” Munce said.
Though he wasn’t beaten, many also dropped off Brave Warrior in the 1994 MM after deeming him unimpressive in his lead-up win.
Munce said Brave Warrior simply didn’t like Doomben and said there were legitimate excuses for Wicked Intent as well.
“If he’d finished tailed off then I would have walked away disappointed, but the fact is, he ran second and had legitimate excuses,” he said.
“People are saying he can’t run 1200m. If he can’t run 1200m, then God help the eight that finished behind him.
“I felt it was more like a 1300m race on that track. He was taken on early by a couple and they finished out the back while my bloke was fighting out the finish.”
Sepoy isn’t the only Slipper winner to bounce back from a last-start defeat. Others in the last dozen years include Mossfun, Phelan Ready, Forensics, Miss Finland and Calaway Gal.
But the Magic Millions is a little different. Most winners are last-start winners.
In fact, the only exceptions to that rule since 1990 are Lovely Jubly, Regimental Gal, Mirror Mirror and Phelan Ready.
Munce however does have a precedent for bucking the Millions trend.
Before Lovely Jubly (2002), the previous MM winner to have suffered a last-start defeat was Sunblazer, who gave Munce his first win in the race in 1989.