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Australian Racing: Platinum Jubilee to deliver

The Magic Millions races at Gold Coast take centre stage this Thursday and it looks like a brilliant card to get involved in as we have three selections for the card.

Race 3 Gold Coast

Platinum Jubilee To Win @ 5/1

Race 4 Gold Coast

Hell I Am To Win @ 8/1

Race 8 Gold Coast

Oscar Zulu To Win @ 13/5

Jubilee can take Classic

The third race on the card is The Star Magic Millions 2YO Classic and there is a big 19-runner field set to go to post over 1200m in this competitive looking contest.

Just three of the runners have encountered a heavy track previously, those being Empire Of Japan, Platinum Jubilee and Miss Coota, and they have all won on the heavy going forecast.

Miss Coota disappointed in a Doomben Group 3 last time out and while a return to his going may bring about a revival, being drawn in 18 is a negative and others make more appeal.

Empire Of Japan and the selection here, Platinum Jubilee, clashed in the Drinkwise Plate over 1100m at Randwick last month and just half-a-length separated the pair that day/

Platinum Jubilee came home a nose second having tried to make all the running and that marked a change of tactics, with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly racing from off the pace when winning the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick previously.

That Randwick triumph came by over a length in a 1000m contest held on a heavy track and a return to similar ground here is a positive, while a good draw in seven should help her register a win with Regan Bayliss in the saddle.

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Hell for Guineas success

A field of 20 have been declared for the fourth race on the card, the 1425m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas, and a heavy 9 track is forecast for the valuable contest with a number of the runners unproven on the going.

Russian Conquest is expected to prove fancied following a good second over 1200m at Gosford at the end of last month. That effort came on a good 4 track but notably the filly has failed to shine in four previous starts on heavy going.

The daughter of Russian Revolution has run well at 1400m in the past. That effort came when a close fourth in the Jim Moloney at Sandown Hillside in September.

However, it can pay to look elsewhere given her lack of solid heavy track form and Hell I Am is a proven wet track performer, having won half of his four starts on heavy going.

John O'Shea's charge won first up in the Wyong Stakes over 1200m last month, that coming on a good 4 track, before he then performed well on a good 4 surface when half-a-length third at Gosford.

Hell I Am shapes as if the extra distance here will suit and a fifth win in 10 career starts could be on the cards under a positive ride from jockey Jamie Kah.

Oscar for Cup glory

Oscar Zulu is taken to deliver a victory in the concluding Whispering Angel Magic Millions Cup, a 1425m contest that has attracted a large field with the pick having drawn the rail here.

Chris Waller's charge has proven wet track form and delivered a number of solid efforts in defeat during 2022. He gained reward for those exertions when winning by a length over 1400m at Goulburn at the end of October.

Oscar Zulu was below that form when down the field in The Gong, a valuable 1600m contest at Kembla Grange subsequently, but he has been freshened up since that effort and looks capable of providing James McDonald with a winner.

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