Bookmakers halved the Magic Millions Classic quote of Lady Colours after she comfortable won the Magic Millions Tickets Online Now QTIS (2YO, 900m) at the Gold Coast today.
The daughter of Red Dazzler and Rainbow Joy jumped from 24th to 11th in Classic order of entry and guaranteed herself a start.
TAB Sportsbet turned the Bruce Hill-trained filly from $51 to $26 with a start pending on how she recovers.
“She won’t be going around for the sake of it, no way,” Hill said.
“She’s a very good filly and if she’s alright she’ll start next week, if she’s not she’ll go straight to the paddock.”
Lady Colours will need to back up three weeks in a row if she is to win the Classic.
Last Saturday she finished third to Classic third favourite Amorino in the Summer Super Saver Ticket Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill beaten 1-3/4 lengths.
She had drawn barrier 13 while the winner had barrier one.
I would have liked to have drawn alongside Amorino, I think she would have of given him a real race, we had to work and he drew one,” Hill said.
Today Lady Colours was solidly supported and jumped straight to the front from barrier six under the guidance Paul Hammersley.
Adelaide galloper Little Critter applied pressure thoughtout.
And in the straight Aronson, who was caught wide early before settling behind the leading pair, moved up three wide.
But at the 200m, Lady Colours dashed clear under the whip to hold out Little Critter, Aronson with Headless making ground on the rail to gain fourth.
In March, Hill took a gamble and bought Lady Colours for $90,000, more on type than breeding though the latter holds up strongly.
I didnt have a buyer but when I saw her I just had to have her,Hill said.
There might have been a bit of sentiment involved in the purchase.
The grand-dam of Lady Colours is 1990 Magic Millions Classic winner Dancers Joy – it was trained by Hill’s old boss the late great Caulfield trainer Geoff Murphy.
Advertised on Hill’s website, he ended up keeping a share of the horse with much of it being sold to Ascot Lodge owner Les Cowell.
Being a QTIS 600 bonus horse, Lady Colours has now recoupled over $100,000 with today’s race worth $74,000 – $42,000 through the QTIS 600 bonus scheme.
Little Critter’s trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed the colt a certain starter in the Classic and said the horse would improve with the run.
“His rider Dale Missen said he had to work too hard early to get over and he stayed on well in the straight,” McEvoy said.
“The race we set him for is next week and he will improve on that.
“Providing he pulls up in good order he’ll start for sure.”
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:50.97 Last 600m: 0:32.96 INTERIM RESULTS
|1||4||LADY COLOURS||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||4||56kg||$2.60F|
|2||1||LITTLE CRITTER||Tony McEvoy||Dale Missen||2.5L||8||58kg||$6.50|
|3||8||HEADLESS||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell (a0)||3L||2||54.5kg||$12|
|4||7||ARONSON||John P Thompson||Jim Byrne||3.2L||7||55kg||$21|
|5||10||DOUBTFILLY||Stuart Kendrick||Jay Ford||4.2L||5||54kg||$6|
|6||2||CHARGE A FORTUNE||Rex Lipp||Ric McMahon||4.7L||9||56.5kg||$5|
|7||6||SCHWEIZ||Mark F Webb||Adam Best||5L||3||55.5kg||$26|
|8||3||AIN’T SHE SWEET||Patrick Sexton||Ms Laura Cheshire||5.3L||6||56kg||$8.50|
|9||11||PREFECT||Neville O Saunders||Jason Taylor||15.1L||1||54kg||$61|
|9||CLEVER TRICK||Mark Sims||scr||0|
|5||ROYAL REGARD||Stephen Lee||scr||0|