The $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic is shaping up as a super contest with three interstate raiders likely to line up against a host of promising fillies and colts.
Wyong CEO David Jewell said it was an exciting time for the club with the two Magic Million lead-up races coinciding with the busy Christmas period.
“The full house sign has gone up on all our function areas with more than 1000 people booked in,” Jewell said.
“On top of that we have extremely strong nominations for both our feature races, with the 2YO shaping up to be one of the strongest in recent years.”
Thirteen horses have been nominated for the 2YO featuring over the 1100m, including Queenslander Sizzling Ace, an impressive barrier trial winner trained by Toby Edmonds, Lloyd Kennewell’s La Pomme De Pin, who won the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat by more than five lengths and ACT filly Dreaming of Biscay, who has been impressive winning two trials for Nick Olive.
Blake Shinn will ride the likely race favourite Bondi, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden.
The Snitzel colt was second in the Breeders Plate at Randwick on September 30 and looked to have returned in good form when he finished second after being given a soft trial at Wyong on September 4.
Of the unraced brigade the Waterhouse/Bott trained Terminology looks like a top contender.
Gai Waterhouse has a big opinion of the Star Witness filly, who has been unbeaten in two trials.
Tim Clarke, who partnered Terminology and is the likely rider on Thursday, described her as a “jet.”
The filly, a $300,000 MM Yearling purchase, recorded the quickest time of the trials over 900m at Rosehill on December 8.
She is currently third favourite for the Gold Coast 2YO Classic on January 13.
David Atkins colt Jonker, an $8.50 second favourite for the Classic, is also among the nominations coming off a big win on debut at Newcastle on December 3.
The Waterhouse/Bott stable will also have a strong chance in the $100,000 3YO & 4YO Stakes, with Snitzel gelding Arbeitsam likely to resume in the race over the 1200m.
Arbeitsam was unbeaten in his last three starts before spelling with his victories including the Listed Rowley Mile.
The Stakes has attracted sixteen nominations including interstaters Senor Gaudi from the Kennewell stable, who has had two wins and two placings from four starts, the Edmonds trained Whypeeo, Dafeenah, a first starter trained by Jon Walk at Eagle Farm and Balancing Act from Brent Stanley’s Victorian stable.
Acceptances close at 9.30am on Tuesday, with the full list of nominations for the seven race meeting below.