Miss Wonderland has been set to peak in form when she lines up for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Ciaron Maher has been pleased with the ability displayed by the talented filly since she made her competitive debut at Pakenham in June last year, and the Victorian horseman is confident that her recent work, coupled with how she has come through each start this time in suggests that she is ready for a big performance at the Magic Millions meet.
“Miss Wonderland is lightly-raced and we’ve targeted this race with her, we only gave her one run in the spring,” Maher told Racing Ahead.
“She ran well at Canterbury in her first time at that way of going and she’s travelled up here OK. Out to the 1400m, by the way she settled last start, should be no problem.
“We took her there quite fresh with a view towards bring her on with her next two runs, peaking this weekend.
“She raced a little fresh and there was a strong headwind, so I thought it was quite a tough win.”
A well-bred daughter of Snitzel, Miss Wonderland trialled well in the lead-up to her racing debut and immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow with a dominant performance for a six length win in the Peter Martin Memorial Maiden (1200m).
Immediately sent to the paddock with a view towards the Magic Millions, Miss Wonderland resumed in the Group 3 Crown Resorts Plate (1100m) at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day and finished a credible third in a capacity field, before being sent for a brief freshen-up.
Storming home to take out the Isca BM70 (1100m) on December 17th, the filly out of Alice’s Smart was gallant in her first attempt at the opposite way of going; running on to finish second in the New Year’s Eve BM72 (1250m) on December 31st.
Miss Wonderland will carry only 54kgs in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas and will be partnered by Craig Williams from barrier 9.
Ladbrokes Australia currently rates Miss Wonderland a $31 shot in Magic Millions 3YO Guineas betting markets.