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Blinkers to improve Falconic in Magic Millions 2yo Classic

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Trainer Gary Portelli believes the addition of blinkers will improve Falconic heading into the $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Falconic, above yellow colours, will race in blinkers in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast. Photo by Steve Hart.

Falconic, above yellow colours, will race in blinkers in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast. Photo by Steve Hart.

Falconic was able to win at his second race start in a 1200m 2yo Plate at Rosehill on December 24 and Portelli can see much more improvement in the Nicconi colt.

‘’We’ve been waiting to get blinkers on him as I’m sure they will improve him and I’m under no illusion that he probably needs to improve to win,” Portelli told Racing.com.

“I’m sure he’s going to be better with the gear on so we go in confident he’ll acquit himself well.’’

“There are some very smart horses we come up against but all I know is that I’ve got him spot-on,’’

Falconic did show plenty of improvement from his first race start to his second after running third on debut to Magic Millions 2yo Classic rival Chauffeur in an 1100m 2yo Handicap at Rosehill on December 10.

Falconic will jump from barrier five if all the emergencies fail to gain a start in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic and the colt will be ridden again by Koby Jennings who has been aboard for his two race starts to date.

The Magic Millions 2yo Classic market order at Ladbrokes.com.au has Falconic marked as a $26 chance while the Gerald Ryan trained Chauffeur is marked at $21.

The battle at the top of the market order continues with Houtzen at $4 and From Within at $4,20 fighting for the top spot just ahead of firmer Ours To Keep at $6.

All three youngsters at the top of the market order are undefeated with the Chris Waller trained From Within winning her only start, Gold Coast filly Houtzen has won two from two and Chris Munce’s colt Ours To Keep is a winner of all his three race starts.

From Within created a huge impression with an easy win in an 1100m 2yo Plate at Canterbury on December 31 while Houtzen was simply electrifying at her second race start with a four and a half lengths wins in an 1100m 2yo Handicap at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Ours To Keep’s three wins came in a 1050m 2yo Plate at Doomben on October and then returned to the same track to win the Listed $100,000 Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) on December 17 before winning the Group 3 $200,000 Lilivale Stud B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on December 31.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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