Sydney based jockey Tim Clark has picked up the plumb ride on Boomsara at the expense of the indisposed Damian Browne in Saturday’s $2m Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast.
Browne was set to continue his association with Boomsara after he steered the Chris Munce trained gelding to an all the way win in the Group 3 $200,000 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben on December 29, but became ill on Thursday night and was rushed to hospital.
The reports are that Browne had to undergo emergency surgery for an abdominal problem and Munce tweeted the important jockey change this morning.
“Leading Sydney jockey Tim Clark will replace Damian Browne aboard BOOMSARA in Saturday’s $2 Million 3YO Guineas after Damian unfortunately fell ill overnight. Wishing Damian a speedy,” Munce tweeted.
Boomsara is well in contention in the betting for the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas and is the second pick at $4 at Ladbrokes.com.au behind the $2.20 favourite Outback Barbie.
The Tony Gollan trained Outback Barbie finished five and three quarter lengths behind Boomsara when sixth in the Vo Rogue Plate but the run has to be overlooked after the Spirit Of Boom filly got caught up in interference at the 600m when Jackson Murphy was unseated from Granny Red Shoes which affected all the runners behind her.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Star Fall and Barry Lockwod’s Doss have joined Ljungberg as early sratchings for the Magic Magic 3yo Guineas and if there is no more withdrawals, Boomsara will jump from barrier thirteen.
Munce said that the wide gate is not ideal, but Boomsara has won from outside barriers before and his good gate speed will see him go forward again.
“It (wide barrier) is not ideal but he has won his races from outside barriers when he won the QTIS Jewel here was a wide draw and he won the Vo Rogue from a bad draw so it is probably not the end of the world with a horse like him who he seems to be a free rolling, long striding type of horse,” Munce said.
Munce reported that Boomsara has come through his Vo Rogue Plate run in extremely good order and impressed the trainer with a solid hit out on the Eagle Farm course proper on Tuesday morning.
“Very happy with him. He galloped up nicely this morning (Tuesday) on the course proper at Eagle Farm, stretched his legs nicely and had a nice little blow afterwards and recovered very quickly.
“It was a good gallop and he has really improved since his Vo Rogue run.”