The final field has been declared for the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) to be run at Pinjarra Park this Sunday, 7 February. The final field is:
1. Swedish Memories (Simon Miller) 56.5kg (6)
2. The River (Trevor Andrews) 56.5kg (5)
3. Trademark (Trevor Andrews) 56.5kg (11)
4. The Celt (George Dupre) 56.5kg (8)
5. Swift Platinum (Ross Price) 56.5kg (4)
6. Equine Wiz (David Harrison) 56.5kg (9)
7. Cloak And Dager - scratched (7)
8. Diamond Princess (Simon Foster) 54.5kg (3)
9. Stored Energy (Stan Bates) 54.5kg (10)
10. Nobel Image (Simon Miller) 54.5kg (2)
11. Tide Up (Daniel Morton) 54.5kg (1)
Gr1-winning & triple Gr1-placed Clear Mountain Fairview freshman stallion Outback Prince (Desert Prince-Terrestial, by Star Watch) recorded his 2nd 1st-crop winner when 2YO colt Outback Phantom (Outback Prince-Celtic Cloak, by Pride Of Kellina) scored on debut over 1000m at Dalby for trainer Tony Sear. Outback Phantom was passed-in for $30,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer Sale. His sire Outback Prince recently covered his 4th book of mares at $11,000 at Clear Mountain.
Racing Queensland chairman Bob Bentley issued a statement “dismissing Liberal National Party Member for Mermaid Beach Ray Stevens’s attack on the governing body’s new constitution as unwarranted & ill-informed”. Bentley boomed: “The Shadow Racing Minister has decided, under the safe cover of parliamentary privilege, to take a clumsy & ill-informed swipe at the constitution of Racing Queensland. His embarrassing rant in parliament made it painfully clear it has been a long time since Mr Stevens had anything to do with contemporary corporate governance. The Member for Mermaid Beach took issue with the constitution of Racing Queensland, because it provides for director indemnity & because it requires any directors who may contract with the company, for whatever reason, to disclose any interests. I doubt there are many professionally prepared company constitutions in Australia that do not discuss indemnity of & disclosure by directors. . . . . It is a sad state of affairs in Queensland politics when the Opposition spokesperson for racing makes such ignorant & ill-informed observations on behalf of the LNP. . . . . If for one moment Mr Stevens thinks that it is satisfactory these days for directors, in some cloak & dagger fashion, to conduct business with a control body without an appropriate disclosure, he is kidding. Non-disclosure of this kind is viewed most seriously by contemporary companies & in some instances, is dealt with by the law of the land. Parliament can often provide enlightening debate on critical issues when informed people engage in the debate. When the ‘informed people’ ingredient is lacking, it can be most embarrassing.” Bentley concluded it “may well have been beneficial for Mr Stevens to seek a briefing from Racing Queensland to gain a full & proper understanding of the intricacies of the new combined constitution before launching such a clumsy, unwarranted attack”.
Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed former Woodlands Stud & now Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a black-type success when favoured 4YO gelding Voice Commander (Commands-Voice Mail, by Magic Ring) scored by 2-lengths on the all-new Cushion Track in the $150,000 Listed Weetwood Handicap (1300m) at Toowoomba. Voice Commander (ridden by Tye Angland for trainer Nic Olive) defeated evergreen 7YO gelding Bitabiff (Kenfair-Celtic Cloak, by Pride Of Kellina) & 6YO gelding Wasted Emotions (Desert Prince-Emotional Moment, by Salieri). Voice Commander (a $55,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale) now has 7 wins (also including last December's Listed Festival Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney) & 6 placings (including June's Listed Eye Liner Stakes over 1350m at Ipswich, January's $500,000 Magic Millions Cup over 1400m at the Gold Coast April & 2008's Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes over 1550m at Canterbury Park) from 20 starts for $434,150 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)