IMPRESSIVE YOUNGSTERS SET FOR THE GOLD COAST
Monday, 9 December 2013: Leading contenders for the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January emerged at Randwick and Doomben on Saturday.
Testa Rossa youngster Unencumbered is now among the favourites for the $2 million MM Classic over 1200m after a classy win on the Kensington track at Randwick while Real Saga filly Stroak enhanced her claims with her win at Doomben.
Unencumbered came from the back half of the field to score a decisive one and a quarter lengths victory for trainer Bjorn Baker.
A $70,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase by Baker from the Newhaven Park Stud draft at the 2013 MM Gold Coast Sale, Unencumbered is highly regarded by his trainer.
“I’ve had some good two-year-olds and he is right up there with the best of them,” Baker said.
“We’ll obviously see how he pulls up but the plan would be to go to the Wyong Magic Millions race in 12 days and then on to the Gold Coast.”
Unencumbered is by former Magic Millions Classic winner Testa Rossa from the stakes winning More Than Ready mare Blizzardly.
Stroak kept her unbeaten record for trainer Bryan Guy, who says the filly has more improvement to come.
“She just put her head on her chest until it was time to get serious,” Guy said.
“They ran the last two furlongs in 22 seconds and not many twoyear-old fillies win with 58kg on their back.”
Stroak, who cost only $27,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. is by Real Saga, sire of the 2013 MM Classic winner Real Surreal.
Another Magic Millions youngster Hobart Jones, a $50,000 graduate of the 2013 Perth Yearling Sale, started his career in the best possible way at Ascot with a brilliant win in the Westspeed Plate on Saturday.
Prepared by Vern Brockman, Hobart Jones settled back in the field but came home strongly to beat his rivals in effortless style for an impressive debut win.
Hobart Jones is from the city winning Tribu mare Tribulot.