Trainer David Hayes is hopeful that Miss Idyllic will be able to get to Rosehill in Sydney on Saturday to continue on her path towards the $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 10.
Hayes’ showpiece training complex Lindsay Park at Euroa is under siege from erratic bushfires and he and co-trainer Tom Dabernig plus all his staff have been battling the blaze to keep his multi million dollar bloodstock safe.
“The good news is there was no staff or horses injured. It was pretty dramatic sort of twelve hours,” Hayes said.
Hayes is chasing more prizemoney for Miss Idyllic to secure a start in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic and will organise for her to escape the trouble spot and head to Sydney to take her place in the $85,000 TAB Place Multi Plate (1100m) at Rosehill.
“She is highly likely to run. Just the float can’t get into Euroa to the property at Lindsay Park, but we can get her out. The road is open to Euroa so we will get her out to the freeway,” Hayes said.
Jockey Michael Walker gave up some good rides at Flemington to stick with Miss Idyllic who has recorded two seconds and a fourth from three race starts with the in-form jockey in the saddle.
The Exceed And Excel filly was beaten in a tight finish last start when second over 1000m at Moonee Valley on November 29 and Walker is very keen to follow her through to the Magic Millions Carnival.
“Michael couldn’t believe she got beaten the other day,’’ Hayes told The Daily Telegraph.
“He thinks she’s good. She’s already well up the order of entry for the Magic Millions, and if she was to win Saturday, she’s be one of the favourites. It would be nice if she wins, but I just want to see her run well.’’
Miss Idyllic is currently the equal second pick at $4.80 with the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Pride Of Dubai for the TAB Place Multi Plate with Ladbrokes.com.au behind the $2.40 favourite Ottoman.
The John O’Shea trained Ottoman, also a filly by Exceed And Excel, won a Warwick Farm barrier trial on December 9 and has premiership winning jockey James McDonald in the saddle for her race day debut.
First starter Pride Of Dubai, a colt by Street Cry, has been primed for his first up performance with Randwick barrier trial win on December 1.
Miss Idyllic is currently a $15 chance in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic market order that has local colt Wicked Intent the $3.60 favourite.