Trainer Jason McLachlan believes that the versatility of classy filly Enquare gives her an edge in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Enquare will jump from barrier two in the Magic Millions Guineas and McLachlan is leaving the riding instructions up to veteran jockey Jim Byrne, who he is confident will get the daughter of Stratum in a good position no matter how the race unfolds this weekend.
McLachlan is also not worried about the state of the Gold Coast track, with rain forecast over the next 24 hours, and is adamant that Enquare will perform at her best whatever rating the track is given tomorrow afternoon.
“She’s won on a heavy track so it won’t bother us if we get rain,” McLachlan told Racing Queensland.
“She can handle it wet or dry which is a big advantage and she can take a sit or come from back in the field.
“She’s very versatile.”
Enquare performed well as a two-year-old, winning the BRC.Com.Au Bloodstock Bonus Maiden (1200m) as well as the Listed Breakfast Creek Hotel Stakes (1400m) during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, but has clearly shown a great deal of improvement since returning to the races as a three-year-old in October.
The versatile filly started her summer campaign with a narrow victory over Whiskey Allround in the River Junction Droughtmasters Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on October 19 before recording an upset win over Missy Longstocking in the Listed Mode Plate (1200m) at the same venue on December 7.
Enquare went into the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben on December 28 on the second line of betting behind Missy Longstocking, but recorded another impressive victory and stamped herself as a leading contender for the 2014 Magic Millions Guineas.
There has been plenty of support in 2014 Magic Millions Guineas betting markets for Enquare in the past 48 hours and she is currently a narrow favourite, at odds of $4.60, from Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea ($4.80).
No favourite has won the Magic Millions Guineas in the last ten years, with Waterhouse-trained Ha Ha the last hotpot to salute in 2002, but McLachlan does not believe that history will be an issue for his star galloper.
“Everything is spot on with her,” McLachlan said.
“She doesn’t know what price she is.”