At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt-Sky Cuddle, by Snippets) returned from a break of more than 7 months to record a brilliant win in the $125,000 Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Whypeeo & Marble. Champagne Cuddles, who was passed in for $180,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, advanced her record to 3 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Flight Stakes, Gr1 Golden Rose & Gr2 Te Rose Stakes) from 8 starts for $630,700 in earnings. Champagne Cuddles showed she is in for big winter carnival campaign setting a new track record of 1:07.65 seconds which beat the previous track record set by El Campio 10 years ago. "She's a top-class filly and you only have to look at her spring form to see that. There's no more deserving filly. She's got a massive ticker and a very big girth," trainer Bjorn Baker told Racing Queensland Webnews. Baker said Champagne Cuddles was likely to head to the Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Doomben in three weeks, before a possible tilt at the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap and Gr1 Tatt's Tiara.
At Doomben in Brisbane on Saturday, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when consistent 3YO gelding Whypeeo (I Am Invincible-Sunset Boulevard, by Fasliyev) cruised home by 4-lengths for trainer Toby Edmonds in the $100,000 Mick Dittman (1050m) for 3YOs, defeating 3YO filly Meikas & 3YO colt Marble. Adopting a scorched earth policy from the get go to give nothing else a look in under the guidance of Jeff Lloyd, Whypeeo took his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Gold Edition Plate) and a placing from 9 starts for $317,960 earnings. He was a $200,000 purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when talented 3YO Australian-bred gelding Whypeeo (I Am Invincible-Sunset Boulevard, by Fasliyev) held on for a narrow maiden stakes victory in the $100,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Shogun Sun. A $200,000 purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Whypeeo improved his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $166,960 in earnings. Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said Whypeeo would have his next start in the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben in two weeks. A decision will then be made whether he targets the final leg of the Sumer Crown series, the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "His next run will be in the Vo Rogue and that run will tell us whether he can run 1400 metres," Edmonds told Racing Queensland. "If he doesn't go on to the Magic Million Guineas, he'll go for the Magic Millions Sprint." A $400,000 bonus is on offer for any horse that can win three of the five races in the Summer Crown series.
The build up to next month's $10 million Magic Millions race day gathered momentum on Saturday with seven Magic Millions graduates claiming stakes wins. Led by an exciting win in the Gr2 Villiers Stakes by Brisbane-based miler Crack Me Up, the performances of all stakes winners were timely with the majority being aimed at Queensland's richest raceday on 13 January. The $60,000 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Crack Me Up will now head to the $1 Million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), while the Gr1 Doncaster Mile is an option in the autumn. Just over half an hour later at Randwick, quality Redoute's Choice mare Zestful scored a valuable stakes win when she edged out fellow Magic Millions graduate I Thought So in the listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m). The 6YO pushed her earnings past $400,000 when victorious for trainer Kris Lees. Earlier in the afternoon it was all about the 2YOs and the impressive performances of stable-mates Ef Troop and Outback Barbie. Ef Troop shot to outright favouritism for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) when he trounced the field in the listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m), while Outback Barbie made an auspicious start to her career with a debut win in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m). Both juveniles are by Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom. Other Doomben winners on the day were millionaire galloper Most Important who returned to his brilliant best in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m), exciting 3YO Whypeeo who claimed his maiden stakes win in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m), and the speedy Robert Heathcote-trained Pinch River who continued his brilliant first-up form by winning the Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m).