THE first four two-year-olds home in the inaugural Ballarat Clockwise Classic are lining up in the $1.64m Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic winner I’m Too Sexy heads the quartet, which includes Ticket To Toorak, Gracious Prospect and Change Of Honour.
They finished in this order at Dowling Forest on Ballarat Cup Day on November 25.
Ballarat Turf Club chief executive officer Lachlan McKenzie said having four runners go on to the Magic Millions Carnival on Gold Coast was an excellent outcome.
He said this reinforced the new Ballarat feature event’s place on the Victorian racing calendar as a genuine lead-up to the million dollar race.
Victorian visitors did not get any favours in yesterday’s barrier draw though.
The David Hayes-trained Gracious Prospect drew nine, I’m Took Sexy from the Mornington barn of Mark Riley will jump from gate 10 in the 16-strong event, the Matthew Williams-trained and Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Ticket Toorak drew barrier 12 and Robert Smerdon’s Calcatta landed 20.
Change Of Honour was trained by Victorian Kevin Newby when he raced in Ballarat, but is now with Gillian Heinrich on the Gold Coast. He drew barrier two.
Eight-race program at BTC tomorrow
BALLARAT Turf Club continues a hectic summer program with an eight-race program tomorrow.
This is the BTC’s third meeting since December 23.
The City of Ballarat Two-Year-Old Fillies’ Maiden, 1000m, opens the day at 1pm.
The 10-strong line-up features seven first starters, including two trained by Peter Moody at Caulfield.
The leading stables of Mick Price, Anthony Freedman, Tony Noonan, Tony Vasil and Mathew Ellerton-Simon Zahra have the other debutants.
Testing draw for Decorated Jasper
DECORATED Jasper will have to cope with another testing draw if he is to complete back-to-back wins in the group 2 $50,000 Bendigo Pacing Cup on Saturday.
Following up a big late surge to get fifth in the Horsham Cup on Saturday, the Ross Creek-trained Decorated Jasper has drawn barrier 11 in a crack line-up.
He faces other Ballarat Pacing Cup candidates and New Zealand visitors Auckland Reactor and Highview Tommy from the Mark Purdon stable, and Sushi Sushi, which is back in Victoria after an extended stay in NZ.