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Australian Racing: Boy to cook up Magic Millions Storm

With over $13,000,000 in prize money, plus the prestigious yearling sales on this week, all eyes will be on the Gold Coast for their 11-race Magic Millions card.

Race 8 Gold Coast

Storm Boy @ 2.40

Race 9 Gold Coast

Vanquished @ 23.00

Race 8 Flemington

Sghirripa @ 2.00

Storm to salute in Classic

The feature two-year-old race comes up as the eighth race of the day, with the $3m The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2yo Classic due to take place over 1200m.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Spywire heads into this contest the winner of two of his three previous starts including over 1100m in a Rosehill maiden on debut.

A half-length defeat followed when contesting an 1100m event at Wyong, with both of those efforts coming on good going.

The colt again encountered a sound surface, this time a good 4 track when taking out the Aquis Gold Nugget over the same distance here a week ago.

Top hoop James McDonald is engaged for the ride, however, the pair are expected to find the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott representative STORM BOY too strong in this event.

The 2.40 youngster will jump from barrier ten here and confirmed the promise of his barrier trial successes when debuting with a win over 1100m on a soft 6 track at Rosehill last month.

Jockey Adam Hyeronimus, set to ride here, was in the saddle for the first time when the colt came home two-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals at Eagle Farm on December 23rd.

The pick contested the Group 3 Magic Millions B.J. McLachlan Stakes on that occasion and he looks capable of maintaining his unbeaten record with a victory in this event.

Vanquished ready for 3yo success

The three-year-old equivalent is the $3m Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas over 1400m, with Chrysaor expected to have his supporters for the Chris Waller team.

The colt sprang a surprise when jumping at odds of $26 prior to saluting by a narrow margin in the 1600m Group 2 Cincotta Chemist Callander-Presnell at Randwich in October.

The son of Better Than Ready lost out by half-a-length when runner-up in the 1350m Group 3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben December 30th on his only subsequent start.

However, Blake Shinn’s mount VANQUISHED impressed when delivering his first victory at this venue last week and is preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, the gelding had shown good placed form previously, including when runner-up on a soft 5 track over 1250m at Canterbury in November.

The 23.00 gelding came home over two-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals when appearing to appreciate the step up to this 1400m distance last week.

The son of Vancouver has a wide alley to overcome here but remains open to improvement and rates highly in this big field contest.

Sghirripa backed for Standish glory

In Melbourne the sprinters are in action down the straight at Flemington, with the 2024 renewal of the 1200m Group 3 Standish Handicap due off as the eighth race on the card.

Trained by Shane & Cassie Oxlade, SGHIRRIPA is selected to deliver a victory here, having won three of his last four starts.

The first two of those came on good 4 tracks in 1050m contests at Morphettville earlier this season.

The 2.00 pick failed to complete a hat-trick when third over 1100m at Caulfield in November, but returned to winning ways when successful over the same trip there on December 26th.

That latest victory came on a soft 5 track in the Listed Nick Johnstone Real Estate Christmas Stakes and, with an inside barrier here, he is selected to record his first win at Group level.

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