Lindsay Park two year old Highland Beat will head to the Gold Coast via Sydney to chase more prizemoney to secure a start in the $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) on January 9.
Highland Beat was having his second race start for David Hayes and Tom Dabernig when he led all of the way for a two and a quarter lengths win in a 1000m two year old Plate at Moonee Valley last Friday night.
The first prize purse of $22,000 will probably not be enough to find a place in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic final field and Dabernig is planning to break the trip up to Queensland with a stopover in Sydney.
Highland Beat showed great improvement at his second race start after finishing ninth on debut behind Missrock in the Listed $120,000 Inglis Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 10.
“It’s a bit of travelling for a young horse but I think he’s the sort that will handle it,” Dabernig told AAP.
“We have found going halfway to Sydney helps – settling them in there and then it’s not quite as long a trip up there.”
“We’ll probably have only the one (Magic Millions) two-year-old. We’ve got another couple that will be trialling soon, but we’re starting to run out of time.”
Dabernig has a 1200m two year old race at Randwick on Boxing Day picked out for Highland Beat and hopefully he can get amongst the prizemoney again and push up the order for entry for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic.
Highland Beat will be part of a small team that the Lindsay Park trainers will be taking to Queensland for the Magic Millions Carnival with Gracious Prospect set to tackle the $1m Magic Millions Cup (1400m) while Catch A Fire and Moral Outrage hope to gain a start in the $250,000 Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1200m).
In early betting for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au, Highland Beat has been marked as s $21 chance.
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Capitalist who heads the market order at $3 ahead of Tony Gollan’s smart filly Zelady’s Night Out at $7 and Niccolance at $9.
Magic Millions 2yo Classic market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3 Capitalist, $7 Zelady’s Night Out, $9 Nicolance, $10 Nikitas, $15 Detective, $17 Conchita, Slumber Party, Sundance, $21 Faraway Town, The Last Kiss, Highland Beat.
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