Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2015: Darryl Hansen hoping Le Chef can cook up a storm to qualify for grand final
THE equation is simple for the nine hopefuls trying to sneak into the Magic Millions 2YO Classic field on Saturday.
Win and you’re in the $2 million race on January 10 but run second or worse and you can kiss goodbye to a spot in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic field.
Only a win will cut it for the nine Magic Millions hopefuls racing on Saturday.
There are six hopefuls lining up in the first race at the Gold Coast and a further three in the opening race at Rosehill meaning only two horses at best will force their way into the Magic Millions field.
Le Chef, who is 22nd in the order of entry for the 16-horse race, is the highest ranked out of the nine hopefuls racing on Saturday and is coming off a 4½-length maiden win at Ipswich on December 24.
Trainer Darryl Hansen was hoping a second placing on Saturday would be good enough for Le Chef to make the Magic Millions field but the runner-up cheque of $13,000 would only promote him to second emergency at best for the big race.
If that was the case then Magic Millions week will be very similar for Hansen this year.
He had the fourth emergency, Burleigh Bullet in the race last year and kept his fingers crossed all week before the filly missed out on a start in the rich race.
The year before he finished fifth in the race with Choose A Saga and he believes his contender this year is the best of the lot of them.
“Le Chef is a lot smarter horse (than Burleigh Bullet and Choose A Saga),” Hansen said.
“He has shown me from the first time I galloped him that he could gallop and I know there is oodles of ability there.”
Le Chef has been well backed for the two-year-old handicap (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday and should get all the favours from barrier one.
Perhaps the biggest query is the likelihood of a wet track and he was beaten more than 10 lengths on a soft track on debut at Doomben in November before bolting in on a good track at Ipswich.
The Gold Coast track was rated a heavy 9 on Thursday but Hansen is confident Le Chef will be hard to beat regardless of the track rating on Saturday.
“He was just green first-up and his full brother (Le Cap) likes the wet,” he said.
“I’m pretty confident he will get through (the wet) and I think he can win and book his spot in the Magic Millions.”
Meanwhile, down south Gai Waterhouse could add another prong to her Magic Millions attack when stablemates Giulietta ($3.50) and Prince Morpheus ($15) clash in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1100m) at Rosehill.
Waterhouse already has Carriages in the Magic Millions field, while stablemate Right Of Way is the first emergency for the race at this stage.
Waterhouse’s stable representative Mark Newnham said it was unlikely Giulietta or Prince Morpheus would back up in the Magic Millions if they won on Saturday but a quick trip north hasn’t been ruled out for either horse just yet.
Chris Waller will also have the option to run Micucci in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic if she wins at Rosehill.
Waller will have an extra reason to head north as well if Micucci does salute on Saturday.
The filly is eligible for the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus, which is shared between the first four all-female owned horses across the line in the race each year.
There are seven horses in the Magic Millions field at present that are eligible for the bonus.
MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC ORDER OF ENTRY
1. Wicked Intent $177,400
2. Zoutenant $140,950
3. Carriages $128,350
4. Frequendly $121,700*
5. Single Gaze $66,750
6. Flamenco $64,000*
7. Miss Idyllic $59,500*
8. Perignon $57,750*
9. Madotti $54,600
10. Saga Of The Storm $48,100*
11. Claudia Jean $48,000
12. Pepperano $43,600*
13. Old Trieste $42,000
14. Surf Seeker $36,000
15. Racy $31,375
16. Flamenco Girl $30,400*
17. Right Of Way $28,100
18. Star Of Night $20,200*
19. Wicked Investment $18,600
20. In His Stride $18,500*
21. Cookie’s Carioca $14,300
22. Le Chef $14,100*
23. Real Good $13,000
24. New Wings $12,250
25. Most Important $11,700*
*Eligible for Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus.
CONTENDERS ON SATURDAY
Gold Coast: All need to win to make final field
Le Chef ($14,100)
Real Good ($13,000)
Red Magic ($0)
Kind Drabadore ($0)
Mistral Thief ($0)
Rosehill: All need to win to make final field
Prince Morpheus ($0)
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/magic-millions-2yo-classic-2015-darryl-hansen-hoping-le-chef-can-cook-up-a-storm-to-qualify-for-grand-final/story-fnii0njy-1227172060354