Assail's owners eye Gold Coast riches

An already big day just got even bigger for Canberra duo Igor Brkic and Kevin Matthews.

The pair of horse racing owners and breeders were already going to the Gold Coast to hopefully cheer Capital Commander to back-to-back wins in the fillies and mares Magic Millions handicap (1300 metres).

Now they have the $4.50-favourite in the $2 million Magic Millions Two-year-old Classic (1100m) on January 12. A favourite jockey Peter Robl said would win it.

In just her second start, Assail stormed to an emphatic three-length victory in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) on Thursday.

She took over the running at the 600m mark and that was the last the field saw of her.

Brkic  said Assail’s victory was unexpected – he never expects anything in horse racing.


But the daughter of Charge Forward has already won more than $200,000 in prizemoney from her two wins from two starts.

Canberra’s listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) was also on the radar if all goes well, Brkic said.

‘‘This year’s going to be a little bit special because we’re on track for Assail to run in a $2 million race and obviously after today she’ll be the red-hot favourite,’’ Brkic told The Canberra Times.

‘‘And we’re also looking for Capital Commander defend her fillies and mares, 1300m race up there, too.’’

The Jerrabomberra resident is part of the LDJ Syndicate, which part-owns the pair.

Assail is trained by Clarry Conners out of Warwick Farm and Capital Commander by Canberra’s Nick Olive.

The duo first got into racing ‘‘about six or seven years ago’’ and had a glimpse of both sides of the game.

Affinity Flyer and Dorf Command were their first two horses.

The former never won anything, while Dorf Command won the listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich.

But now their sights are set on next month’s $2 million classic.

Robl was left in no doubt about the Magic Millions Classic credentials of Assail.

‘‘She’ll win the Magic Millions,’’ he declared.

Assail ($5.50) drew wide but showed great speed to cross and assume the lead before opening up a big break around the home turn.

She went on with the job in the straight as Frill Seeking ($20) led home the chasing pack, with three-quarters of a length to Dream Forward ($17) third.

‘‘Brilliant, that’s all I can say,’’ Robl said of Assail’s win.

‘‘She showed blistering speed to get there in the lead, she relaxed in the middle stages and then she put six lengths on them.’’

Robl had been upbeat about Assail’s prospects since her recent barrier trial win at Warwick Farm and helped convince Conners to run her at Wyong.

Conners is a master trainer of two-year-olds, having won the Golden Slipper four times and also the Magic Millions Classic with Mirror Mirror in 2006.

‘‘I was thinking of not running her today because of the wide barrier but Peter said 'run her because she’ll still win',’’ Conners said.

Conners believes the filly, who is unbeaten in two starts, still has improvement in her.

‘‘She’s raw this filly. She’s had two trials and two starts, she hasn’t done much at all,’’ Conners said.

‘‘I was asked the other day to compare her to Mirror Mirror that won the Magic Millions and she’s a better horse than Mirror Mirror.’’

Trainer Matthew Smith was also encouraged by the run of runner-up Frill Seeking, who will also head to the Gold Coast.

‘‘I’m very happy with that and I think 1200 metres will suit her,’’ Smith said.

Favourite Dothraki ($3.10) finished fifth with Certitude ($3.50) fourth.

with AAP