Chris Munce says Ours To Keep has the attributes to win Magic Millions
Ours To Keep ran slick time to win the Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben on Saturday. Picture: Grant Peters (Trackside Photography)
CHRIS Munce has paid Magic Millions aspirant Ours To Keep the ultimate compliment by likening him to turf champion Dance Hero, who he famously rode to win the Millions-Golden Slipper double.
Trainer Munce is not suggesting two-year-old Ours To Keep has the same ability to Dance Hero, who he rode to Golden Slipper glory in 2004, but he reckons their racing patterns are very similar.
UBET bookmakers have the Munce colt on the second line of Magic Millions 2YO betting at $7.50, following impressive wins at both starts including in Saturday’s Listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben.
“Dance Hero was just a machine and he bounced straight on the bunny, put himself there and could run fast time,” Munce said on Radio TAB’s Past The Post.
“Ours To Keep is in a similar mould as he bounces out and puts himself there he can run good sectionals.
“I’m certainly not putting Ours To Keep in Dance Hero’s class, but they do have a very similar mould of racing pattern.
“For the Magic Millions, you want a horse which is pretty tough as they have got to be able to sustain pressure.
“They have got to be very precocious and be able to absorb a high pressure race and relax and still be strong right through the line.”
Former champion jockey Munce, less than two years into his new life as a trainer, will have a big Magic Millions hand with Ours To Keep and filly Champ Elect ($17).
Ours To keep will have another run before the Millions, in the BJ McLachlan Stakes, as the colt still has plenty of improvement and fitness to come.
Champ Elect, who won the Calaway Gal Stakes on Saturday, will go straight into the Millions as Munce rates her as a light, athletic and clean-winded filly.
Ace jockey Damian Browne will have a big decision to make about which Munce juvenile to ride in next month’s rich Gold Coast race.
But all parties insist no decision has yet been made.
“I’ve left it up to Browny, I haven’t put him under any pressure and I won’t be offended either way,” Munce says.
“It doesn’t worry me whether he rides the colt or the filly, whichever one he rides will be totally his choice.”
Ours To Keep smashed the clock at Doomben on Saturday, surprising Munce who thought he might be vulnerable first-up since October.
Champ Elect ran much slower in her win, but Munce says the filly still has much to learn about the racing caper.
“You can still see the way she galloped, she wasn’t sure when horses were on her inside she wanted to run away from them slightly,” Munce says.
“The minute she learns to do everything correctly, that is when you will see the best of her.
“The colt was probably fitter than what I gave him credit for, because I looked at him and thought he was too fat.
“But to run the time that he did and win the way that he did, he was obviously more forward than what I first thought.
“He still needs another run going into the Magic Millions, and whether he wins or loses (the lead-up run) is irrelevant.”
Story courtesy Ben Dorries Brisbane Courier Mail