Trainer Gai Waterhouse talks up Carriages for Magic Millions on the Gold Coast

Craig Williams riding Carriages wins Race 6, the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic.

Craig Williams riding Carriages wins the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic. Source: Getty Images

GAI Waterhouse has dismissed speculation Carriages in under a fitness cloud and maintains the forgotten filly should be favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2yo Classic on the Gold Coast next Saturday.

Carriages was the early market leader or the glamour Gold Coast juvenile race but she has fallen out of favour since winning the Ballarat Magic Millions Clockwise Classic back in November.

It’s been a case of out of sight, out of mind, with Carriages drifting to $18 for the big race behind Wicked Intent ($5.50).

Carriages suffered a training setback and has not been seen in public since her Ballarat win meaning she will go into the Magic Millions off a 49-day break.

Waterhouse dismissed the lack of recent racing as a factor, pointing out she won the 2008 Golden Slipper with Sebring after he had not raced for 49 days.

Similarly, she sent No Looking Back to the 2012 Magic Millions without a lead-up run in 56 days and the filly was first over the line only to lose on protest to stablemate Driefontein.

“I’ve done it before with Sebring and No Looking Back,’’ Waterhouse said. “These are two-year-olds and they don’t need to race week after week.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse. Picture: Colleen Petch.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse. Picture: Colleen Petch. Source: News Corp Australia

“Carriages is really going well and I can’t see why she shouldn’t be favourite for the Magic Millions — her form is outstanding.

“She had a trial (jump-out at Doomben) the other day and just toyed with them.

“Tommy Berry rode her and said if the filly had worn blinkers, she would have been even more explosive.’’

Waterhouse, who has already won a record four Magic Millions with Assertive Lad (2000), Excellerator (2001), Dance Hero (2004) and Driefontein (2012), is hoping Giulietta can join Carriages in next week’s big race by winning at Rosehill Gardens today.

Berry has already won two Magic Millions on Karuta Queen (2011) and Driefontein and is confident Carriages will go close to providing him with a record-equalling third win in the race.

Giulietta, a daughter of champion sire Snitzel, ran fast time winning a Randwick barrier trial late last year and is overnight favourite for the TAB Place Multi Plate (1100m).

Prince Morpheus, a stablemate of Giulietta, is also racing for a Magic Millions start in the Rosehill race.

One of their rivals at Rosehill, the Chris Waller-trained Micucci, is another making a last-ditch bid to gain a start next week’s race.

In fact, there are nine two-year-olds racing at Rosehill and the Gold Coast today needing to win to force their way into the Magic Millions field.

The six other Magic Millions hopefuls — Le Chef, Real Good, Red Magic, King Drabadore, Sagaronne and Mistral Thief — are lining up in the First National QTIS 2yo Handicap (1200m) on the Gold Coast today.

Story courtesy Ray Thomas


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