Magic Millions Classic 2016: Zelady’s Night Out Can Overcome Wide Gate

Zelady’s Night Out’s was one of the big losers of the 2016 Magic Millions Classic barrier draw that was held yesterday, but trainer Tony Gollan remains hopeful that she can overcome the wide gate at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Zelady's Night Out can make it four wins from as many starts in the 2016 Magic Millions Classic this weekend. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Zelady’s Night Out can make it four wins from as many starts in the 2016 Magic Millions Classic this weekend. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Zelady’s Night Out made her racing debut with a dominant front-running performance in the Flexi Membership Handicap (1050m) at Doomben on November 14 and she proved that victory was no fluke with tough victories in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1050m) at the same venue on December 12.

The Myboycharlie filly has shown plenty of early speed since she made her racing debut and Gollan told Racing Ahead that jockey Jim Byrne will look to take advantage of that speed again to hopefully find a positive position for the filly in the early stages of the 2016 Magic Millions Classic.

“It was not ideal drawing wide, but these races aren’t run and won without their share of luck and that is what we will be looking for on Saturday,” Gollan said.

“She has brilliant gate speed and she will be loaded late, which I think helps these two-year-olds jump quickly anyway.

“She will show really good gate speed early, she will go forward and it is just a matter of where she can find that spot.

“She just needs that luck in the first 100 to get in that right spot – ideally just in behind the leaders.”

While Gollan was not happy with Zelady’s Night Out’s Magic Millions Classic barrier draw, he is very happy with the way that the filly has performed in her two race starts to date as well as her physical condition.

Gollan admits that Capitalist could prove tough to beat, but he is confident that Zelady’s Night Out has a number of factors in her favour ahead of the $2 million event this weekend.

“She is unbeaten so far, so she is obviously fairly good,” Gollan said.

“Is she better than the favourite, I’m not sure and I’m not sure how you will know because their form lines haven’t really lined up and they haven’t met each other, but I couldn’t be happier with her.

“She is a really nice filly and she will adapt on pace or when sitting just behind them with cover.

“She can handle wet and she can handle dry.

“I guess on Saturday we will see how she can handle the bad alley.”

Zelady’s Night Out is currently available at 2016 Magic Millions Classic odds of $9 with Ladbrokes and she is on the second line of betting behind Capitalist.

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