At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Coolmore's 2YO Triple Crown-winning Champion stallion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a restricted stakes race success when rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) showed why he is considered one of the most exciting 3YOs in the country when sprinting clear for a brilliant win in the $2 million Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Goodfella & Calculated. Pierata, who improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate) and 2 placings from 8 starts for $1,481,650 in earnings, was a $160,000 purchase at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kitchwin Hills. He also collected a $500,000 bonus for claiming the Summer Crown grand slam which, along with the $1.2 million winner's cheque, provided his connections with the richest payday ($1.7 million) in Queensland racing history. Trainer Greg Hickman said Pierata had the potential to develop into a serious racehorse. "When he grows up you'll see a real racehorse," Hickman told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He's not there yet and that's the scary thing." He added: "I'd love to run him in a race like the Doncaster [Gr1] but he'll go to the paddock now and we'll just look after him before we work out a plan."
Highly rated colt Pierata has maintained his grip on favouritism for Saturday's Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast after drawing barrier one for the $2 million feature. The Greg Hickman-trained son of Pierro is currently the dominant $2.60 TAB favourite for the juvenile feature, ahead of the Kris Lees-trained Sasso Corbaro ($6) who drew wide in barrier 14. The Bjorn Baker-trained Goodfella and the Team Hawkes-trained Wildheart saw their price firm into $9.50 after drawing well in barriers 6 and 3 respectively. Click here to view the Magic Millions Guineas field and barriers.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Coolmore's Triple Crown-winning Champion 2YO and now rising sire-star Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a black-type success when rising 3YO star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) swamped his rivals when winning by 2.5-lengths for trainer Greg Hickman in the $200,000 Gr3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) for 3YOs. Filling the placings were filly Dinnigan (Snitzel-Fashion Rocks, by Dehere) & fellow colt Goodfella (Snitzel-Movie, by Red Ransom). Pierata, who now looks a huge chance in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, had put the writing on the wall in his previous run when runner-up in the Listed Gold Edition. If he proves successful next week, his connections would not only pocket the $1.2 million first prize, but also a $500,000 bonus for winning the Summer Crown. Pierata, who now has 3 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts for $276,650 earnings, was a $160,000 yearling at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where he was consigned by Kitchwin Hills.
Meanwhile, with strong sales ring representation at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale (see above), Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt are assembling a strong team for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on 13 January. Among their likely protagonists are 2YO Classic prospects Bondi, Orcein & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and Legislation, Singular Sensation & Granny Red Shoes (by Not A Single Doubt). Meanwhile, the duo also holds 3YO Guineas entries for Debonairly, Goodfella, Chauffeur & Dinnigan (by Snitzel) and Pretty Fast, From Within & Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt).
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 3YO brown colt Goodfella (Snitzel-Movie, by Red Ransom) opened his stakes account with a win in the $150,000 Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Piracy & Andaz. Purchased by his trainer Bjorn Baker and Blandford Bloodstock for $200,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Goddfella improved his record to 3 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 BRC BJ McLachlan Stakes) from 9 starts for $347,950 in earnings.
Snitzel equalled Without Fear's 40-year-old season record of thirty juvenile winners in 2015/16 and now he's on target to claim it for himself. Remarkably, he could set a new mark well before the end of this season, because he's already posted 16 winners - eleven more than he'd compiled by this time last year. So it's perfectly apt that the latest Snitzel 2YO winner is Think Big Stud's filly Exceeds, successful at her second start at Randwick on Saturday when she beat the favourite Eden Roc, with Kristensen and Pandemonium dead-heating for third. Trainer James Cummings said: “It might pave the way for a nice little fillies race in the coming months. There is a race I’ve got my eye on but she’s got up over 1000m there so I’ll have to keep thinking about it. She has got a bit of style about her and pretty of improvement still to come." Exceeds was bred by Musk Creek Farm from Exceedingly Happy (Exceed and Excel) and purchased for $250,000 by Duncan Ramage's DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Exceeds is one of 12 city victors among Snitzel's 16 2YO winners since 1 August, a group headed by Listed Inglis Banner winner Azazel, Group-placed Goodfella, and stake-placed Chauffeur & Snitzkraft. Snitzel has 10 lots catalogued for next month's Inglis Classic Sale, including Arrowfield's filly out of Miss Victoria and 13 lots for Inglis Melbourne Premier.
Bjorn Baker will bid to become the first trainer in history to prepare the winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic & Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the same day at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Baker will saddle up unbeaten colt Winning Rupert in the Guineas, while he insists his juvenile protagonist Goodfella - a last-start second in the Gr3 Bruce McLachlan Stakes over 1200m - is the forgotten horse in the Classic. "I thought Goodfella's run in the Bruce McLachlan was excellent," Baker told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He's seasoned now and I think the penny has finally dropped with him. I think the draw will suit his racing pattern." Goodfella is attempting to emulate Unencumbered who won the Magic Millions Classic for Baker in 2014. "He (Goodfella) is on a similar path as Unencumbered," Baker said. "They both ran in the Bruce McLachlan and went into the Magic Millions at their sixth run." He added: "Goodfella hasn't got the same natural ability as Encumbered but I'm pretty bullish about his chances."
1. Ours to Keep (Chris Munce-D Browne) 57kg (4)
2. Goodfella (Bjorn Baker-B Avdulla) 57kg (14)
3. Bring It Home Pop (Darryl Hansen-L Tarrant) 57kg (20)
4. Chauffeur (Gerald Ryan-J Parr) 57kg (12)
5. Falconic (Gary Portelli-K Jennings) 57kg (8)
6. Saxton Rock (Matthew Dunn-R Fradd) 57kg (15)
7. Arrestar (Matthew Dunn-D Lane) 57kg (11)
8. Madeenaty (D&B Hayes & T Dabernig-M Zahra) 55kg (1)
9. Champ Elect (Chris Munce-K McEvoy) 55kg (17)
10. Invincible Star (G Waterhouse & A Bott-T Clark) 55kg (16)
11. Houtzen (Toby Edmonds-J Lloyd) 55kg (21)
12. Madame Moustache (Chris Waller-B Shinn) 55kg (13)
14. From Within (Chris Waller-H Bowman) 55kg (7)
15. Real Princess (Liam Birchley-T Angland) 55kg (10)
16. Colosimo (Steven O'dea-P Hammersley) 55kg (18)
17. Cellargirl (Kelly Schweida-J Orman) 55kg (6)
17e. Tiara Star (Toby Edmonds) 55kg (2)
18e. Invader (Peter & Paul Snowden) 57kg (9)
19e. Imaginalthepeople (Ben Currie) 57kg (3)
20e. Zukaz (Stuart Kendrick) 57kg (5)
21e. Gwapo (Scott Morrisey) 57kg (19)