Lindsay Park co-trainer David Hayes is confident Dam Ready can finish in the prizemoney in the $2m Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
While Hayes admits that it will be almost impossible to beat the odds on favourite Winning Rupert, he is hoping Dam Ready can run into a place at big odds.
Melbourne jockey Mark Zahra will ride Dam Ready who is prepared by the Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig and barrier three will help his chances immensely.
“That really helps but obviously there is an emerging star in the race in Winning Rupert,” Hayes told Racing.com.
“He is going to be there for a long time and I think a place chance at very big odds.”
Dam Ready has one win to his credit from ten race starts and has been placed at his last two starts with a second in the $100,000 Magic Millions 3&4yo Classic (1100m) at Ballarat on November 19 followed by a third in the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3yo & 4yo (1200m) at Wyong on December 22.
Dam Ready is marked as a $34 chance for the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au while the Bjorn Baker trained Winning Rupert dominates the betting at $1.50.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Global Glamour is the only other runner under the $10 mark at $6.
Winning Rupert deserves to be the short priced favourite after making it five wins from five starts when he led all of the way to win the Group 3 $200,000 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at Eagle Farm on December 31 and in the process claimed a $500,000 Summer Crown Bonus.
The flashy chestnut three year old kicked off his winning streak during the 2016 Queensland Winter Carnival and after scoring on debut in a 1000m Sunshine Coast 2yo Plate on April 23 went on to win the Group 2 $175,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 14.
Winning Rupert hasn’t been headed at three runs from a spell and resumed with a five and three quarter lengths win in a 1200m 3yo Plate at Eagle Farm on December 3 before repeating the effort for an easy win in the Listed $100,000 Delfina’s Bistro Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Doomben on December 17 prior to winning the Vo Rogue Plate and the $500,000 bonus.