Trainer Jason McLachlan has a great chance to win back to back $1m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday after Equare drew favourably at gate two at the 2014 barrier draw today.
McLachlan collected the Guineas trophy last year when jockey Damian Browne on Saluter was able to hold out the fast finishing Sizzling to score an emotion win for the Sunshine Coast trainer.
The in-form Enquare will start one of the top fancies after winning at her last four starts, including all three this campaign.
Jim Byrne will be aboard Enquare after being successful on the Stratum filly at her last two starts in the Listed $100,000 DGL Mode Plate (1200m) at Doomben on December 7 and the Group 3 $150,000 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben on December 28.
Other top fancies Sweet Idea and Charlie Boy didn’t fare so well at the barrier draw and will need plenty of luck in the capacity sixteen horse field.
Early favourite, the Gai Waterhouse trained Sweet Idea was handed gate fifteen while Charlie Boy from the Gerald Ryan stable fared slightly worse at sixteen.
Local chance Missy Longstocking was also out of luck with barrier seventeen and will need all the skill of leading jockey Michael Cahill if the Liam Birchley trained filly is finish in the prizemoney.
Weinholt from the Peter Moody stable is one of the top fancies to draw well and came up with gate six, giving the Stratum colt a good chance to turn the tables on Sweet Idea after finishing second to the Waterhouse filly in the $100,000 Wyong Magic Millions 3yo Stakes (1200m) at Wyong on December 19.
Chris Munce is certain to give the Kelso Wood trained Into The Red the perfect run from the inside barrier anda win would give the Eagle Farm trainer another taste of Magic Millions success after winning the 2013 $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast with Real Surreal.
$1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Field: 1 Charlie Boy (16), 2 Into The Red (1), 3 Gracious Prospect (14), 4 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (7), 5 Weinholt (6), 6 Architect (12), 7 Salute To Jude (19), 8 Dalton (20), 9 The Bowler (9), 10 Sweet Idea (15), 11 Missy Longstocking (17), 12 Enquare (2), 13 Bring A Ring (5), 14 Northern Glory (8), 15 Splendora (18), 16 Tinto (4). Emergencies: 17 Estonian Princess (3), 18 Shiraz Attack (13), 19 Gundy Spirit (10), 20 Nude Secrets (11), 21 Outback Lightning (21).