Bjorn Baker finished the Magic Millions with two wins, a second and one very happy wife after Redouble took out the Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Redouble held off Sambro, denying Chris Waller a winning treble and leaving Baker on a high. “I’ve spent a lot of money at the sales and my wife owns a share of Redouble so I don’t have to sell the house now,’’ Baker said. ‘‘What a fantastic country this is. Absolutely fantastic.’’
Earlier Egyptian Symbol finally got her magic win at her fourth year of running at the meeting. The two-time group3 winner exploded late to take the Magic Millions Snippets.
“I have finally worked how to train her, she is a great fresh horse,” Baker said. “She has been a great horse and I would like to get a group1 with her because with that turn of foot she is up to that standard.”
Owned by Cressfield Stud, Egyptian Symbol was aimed at the fillies and mares but took a bit of time to come up.
“We paid up for both races and Bjorn rang and said she was a week behind in her preparation. He said this race was harder but she was going well enough to win it,” Cressfield’s Bruce Neill said.
Jockey Jason Collett celebrated his biggest success and said the six-year-old mare surprised him.
“I thought at the turn I was a chance but when the run took a while to come I thought gee we are going to have to sprint quick,” Collett said. “She has always had a good turn of foot but was exciting.”
The disappointment of the race was favourite Houtzen, which drifted from $1.80 to $2.30 and was gone before the turn.
“She was under pressure at the 600m and I don’t think she really handled the track,” jockey Jeff Lloyd said.
FORSTER ON SONG
Desleigh Forster, one of the most underestimated trainers in the country, banked her first Magic Millions race winner as Chapter And Verse stamped himself a winter carnival contender in the QTIS Open.
The son of Rothesay ran away from his rivals under the urging of Mark du Plessis beating Tokoriki Lad and In His Stride.
“He could be a Stradbroke horse. There is so much upside left in him,” du Plessis said. “It is great to win that race for Des because she is such a great supporter of me and was one of the reasons I decided to stay here.”
Forster, who worked for Peter Moody before going out on her own, only has 16 horses in work but always seem to have a stakes in the stable.
“They are not a number in my stable, that’s why I keep it small. I want every horse to get special attention,” Forster said. “We have taken it slowly with him and let him mature, we got our reward. He goes for a spell and the Stradbroke could be a target if he steps up again, which I suspect he can.”
DOLAN TRIPLES UP
Robbie Dolan is a lightweight on the scales but his ability in the saddle continues to grow with the apprentice claiming a winning treble at Randwick, a week after his first double.
The benefit of his weight has never been more apparent than being able to claim three kilograms on Single Bullet which originally had 52kg in Saturday’s Summer Sprint.
It gave Single Bullet a 12 kilogram advantage over Jungle Edge, which had three-kilo claimer Chelsea Hall aboard.
‘‘I actually weigh 47 kilos,’’ Dolan said. ‘‘Nobody really noticed until Mr Waller put me on and I won on his horse. This horse was doing it easily and let down very well to win.’’
Dolan rode the Waller-trained Gresham at 49kg to win a week ago when he also scored on the Joe Pride-trained Easy Eddie.
Dolan showed he could also carry dead weight when he brought up win No.2 on the Kris Lees-trained Turnberry, which carried 58kg to win the 1500m-benchmark 78 race and ended his stellar day with victory on the John O’Shea-trained Live And Free.
‘‘I can’t do it without the horses so I’m very happy,’’ Dolan said ‘‘I was pretty confident coming here with a few live chances and thankfully we got them on the board. He was my best chance.
‘‘He was cruising. I was just looking for the right gap and thankfully it came.’’
Dolan now has 15 city wins for the season and is closing in on Sam Weatherley, who has 18.