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On Thursday week the Lloyd Kennewell-trained filly from Adelaide La Pomme de Pin will continue her charge towards the Gold Coast next month running in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic.

Lloyd Kennewell

South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell (centre) is eyeing the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast next month with his gun filly La Pomme de Pin. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The gun daughter of I Am Invincible is looking to earn a trip to the sunshine state on January 13 targeting the Restricted Listed $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast Racecourse.

Last start she improved on her close second on debut at Morphettville in late October taking out the Ballarat $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) by a runaway five and a half-lengths.

Nothing got close to the Joe Bowditch-ridden filly in that November 25 showdown and on December 21 La Pomme de Pin will be out to keep the wins coming in the Magic Millions restricted summer features.

“She’s a natural. We always made our intentions clear to lead and after 50 metres she was Black Caviar odds,” Kennewell told Racing NSW, speaking of his untapped filly’s Ballarat triumph.

Her South Australian trainer Kennewell has Wyong representation for the first time next week saddling-up both La Pomme de Pin in the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) as well as Senor Gaudi in the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m).

Kennewell is confident in La Pomme de Pin, an $85,000 purchase from the Adelaide Magic Millions Sales, with the filly training on well after her breakthrough career success.

“She’s really well and has done well since her win at Ballarat,” he said.

“She had a few days at the farm and she’s having a gallop on Wednesday at Warnambool.

“She will head off on Sunday for the trip to Wyong.”

In the pre-field Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, La Pomme de Pin sits as a $17 chance and Kennewell is keen to get her to the major race day in a month’s time.

“She’s done a great job to get to this stage. She had one jump-out before her first-up defeat and she’s really come on since,” he said.

“I think the extra distance at Wyong will suit her and if she runs well then she’ll head on to the Gold Coast.”

Her four-year-old stablemate Senor Gaudi meanwhile also contested a Ballarat Magic Millions race last month, the Master Of Design gelding under a length back third in the $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Classic (1100m).

“He goes well and has had four starts for two wins and two thirds. He wasn’t beaten far at Ballarat and has come on well since,” Kennewell said.

“The Wyong races blend in well for both my horses and where they are heading.

“I haven’t been to the track before so hopefully we can have a bit of luck.”

Wyong Magic Millions Race Day nominations are open until 11am (AEDT) on Friday, December 15.

About The Author

Lucy Henderson

Lucy is an experienced horse racing journalist that has been a crucial member of the horseracing.com.au team for the better part of a decade. She has taken great delight in covering champion mares Black Caviar and Winx throughout their careers and always has a soft spot for a winning filly.

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