Form analyst Simon Dinopoulos has Mahuta on top of his 2016 Magic Millions Guineas tips and believes that the talented colt has a class edge over his rivals in the $1 million race at the Gold Coast tomorrow.
Mahuta made an unremarkable start to his racing career when he was beaten at Seymour and Echuca, but he has gone from strength to strength since he recorded a dominant six lengths victory in the Winning Edge Presentations Maiden (1450m) at Kyneton on October 8.
The Flying Spur colt went on to take out the Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on October 17, the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 31 and the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) on November 14 and Dinopoulos told Sky Racing HQ that sort of form is more than good enough to take out the 2016 Magic Millions Guineas this weekend.
“I think this is the best bet of the day,” Dinopoulos said.
“He obviously had a bit of trouble getting up to the Gold Coast, but he is there now and he does have a distinct class edge over his rivals at current form.
“He has been a revelation since the blinkers went on at his third start and he has continued to make impressive ratings spikes.
“He was a narrow winner in the Carbine Club and then went on to dominate his rivals in the Sandown Guineas.
“Under the set weights plus penalties he is extremely well placed and I do expect Weir to have him rearing to go on Saturday.
“He does come in on the fresh side, but he is unbeaten in two previous attempts over this trip and he is quite adaptable.
“Brad Rawiller sticks aboard on Saturday and overall he strikes at 19% with the Weir stable.
“He will require some luck from the wide draw, but the speed does look to be drawn around him and he could end up getting a nice trail across, with Flamboyant Lass likely to take up the running.
“He is the one to beat.”
Mahuta is currently available at 2016 Magic Millions Guineas odds of $4.20 and he is a narrow favourite from the lightly-raced Egyptian Symbol ($4.80), Team Snowden-trained Flippant ($5), last start winner Sir Bacchus ($11), market mover Flamboyant Lass ($12), Spring Champion Stakes runner-up I’m Belucci ($14) and first emergency We’re Sure ($15).