Smart Sydney filly Carriages is still on target for the $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 10 even though she has to miss an important lead up run in the Calaway Gal Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Carriages was going to be one of the main attractions at Doomben on Saturday but her name failed to appear in the final acceptors for the Listed $100,000 race for the fillies over 1050m.
Sky Racing’s Andrew Bensley reported on twitter that the Hinchinbrook filly had sustained a cut to her leg but the stable was still confident that she would be fit to run at the Gold Coast in January.
“Carriages has suffered cut to leg and isn’t an acceptor on Saturday in Brisbane. Has prizemoney so still on target for Magic Millions,” Bensley tweeted.
Representative for the Waterhouse stable Mark Newnham confirmed that the minor setback would not stop the filly from heading to the Gold Coast in January.
“Gai will pick another lead-in race or give her a trial before the Millions,” Newnham said.
Carriages is currently the second favourite at $7 for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic behind Brisbane colt Wicked Intent who heads the betting at $6.
Waterhouse took Carriages to Ballarat to take advantage of the Magic Millions prizemoney on offer and she led all of the way to win the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) on November 24.
The speedy filly then returned to Sydney and all was reported to be fine before heading to Queensland for a Magic Millions campaign.
Magic Millions favourite Wicked Intent will run in the Listed $100,000 Morgans Seafood Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) at Doomben on Saturday as he prepares for his count down to the $2m race for the youngsters at the Gold Coast.
The Calaway Gal Stakes has attracted a final field of twelve fillies with Toowoomba filly Sweet Repeat to carry the number one saddle cloth with Jason Taylor to ride and will jump from gate five.
Supersay is also a Toowoomba winner for eagle Farm trainer Tony Gollan and will jump from barrier eight with Tegan Harrison in the saddle.
Flamenco Girl and At Remy are also last start winners with both fillies also heading towards the Magic Millions 2yo Classic.
The Danny Bougoure trained Flamenco Girl scored on debut over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast on November 2 with Michael Cahill retaining the ride and has drawn nicely at two while Gold Coast filly St Remy also won at her only start over 900m on her home track on November 29 with Luke Rolls to ride again and will jump from one from the outside at eleven.