Two interstate stables are planning to target the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions Two Year Old Classic (1100m) on December 22 in a bid to qualify horses for the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast next month.
The Wyong Classic, a restricted Listed race, is a proven path to the $2 million Magic Millions Two Year Old Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 14.
Last year’s winner Capitalist went on to win the Gold Coast Classic and later the Golden Slipper while the year before that Unencumbered made it a Wyong-Gold Coast double.
This year the Wyong Classic has been moved back a week at the request of Magic Millions to provide an ideal three week lead in to the Gold Coast.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have penciled in Wyong as the final stepping stone for Madeenaty while Gold Coast trainer Liam Birchley is planning to send Sista Act to Wyong in a bid to accumulate enough prize money.
Madeenaty broke her maiden status by winning the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in October.
She then ran third behind Invincible Star in the Group Three Ottawa Stakes four weeks later, also at Flemington, before being given a freshen up.
“Wyong will be her next start then she will go to the Gold Coast,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said.
“She got caught on the wrong side of the track at her last start but the horse than ran fourth behind her (Arctic Angell) came and out at its next start and won the Merson Cooper.”
Sista Act won a Sunshine Coast maiden last Friday and is one of several horses Birchley is trying to qualify for the Gold Coast.
“She does not have enough prize money and I don’t even think winning a Saturday race in Brisbane will be enough,” Birchley said.
“There are some stakes races in Brisbane but I might slip her down to Wyong.
“She has her share of pace and should be suited by the track.”
While Birchley has never won the Gold Coast Classic he has a fair idea of what it takes to be competitive with several minor placings including Paprika which ran a close second in 2009 to Phelan Ready.
Tony McEvoy is also considering the Wyong Classic for the unraced A Thousand Degrees which trials at Rosehill on Tuesday.
“It is a possibility he will go to Wyong but I will make a decision after he trials,” McEvoy said.