First emergency Pipeline will race with the blinkers back on after gaining a start in the $2m Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Pipeline gained his place in the final field of sixteen when co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden scratched Niccolance after the colt drew the extreme outside barrier of twenty-one.
Rosehill based trainer Gerald Ryan will now send Pipeline to the Gold Coast and is hoping for an improved performance with the blinkers on following his last start fifth in a 1400m BenchMark 68 Handicap at Rosehill on December 24.
Pipeline, with Damian Lane in the saddle, drew barrier twelve in the original draw but could jump from ten with two of the remaining emergencies drawing inside of him.
“He comes from twelve which is probably ideal for him. He won good first up but he raced a bit flat second up,” Ryan told Racing.com.
“I have put the blinkers back on him this time and he worked very well at Rosehill this morning (Tuesday) in the blinkers so we will be put him on the float and come up.”
Pipeline scored a first up win this campaign in a 1200m BenchMark 69 Handicap at Rosehill on December 3 and even though Ryan is looking for an improved performance on his last start fifth, bookmakers at Ladbrokes.com.au would also like to see the Redoute’s Choice colt cause an upset and have listed him as one of the outsiders of the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas field at $34.
The Bjorn Baker trained Winning Rupert remains the raging hot $1.50 favourite for the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas as he attempts to keep his winning record intact after winning his first five race starts.
Winning Rupert made it five from five when he led all of the way to win the Group 3 $200,000 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at Eagle Farm on December 31 and in the process claimed a $500,000 Summer Crown Bonus.
The flashy chestnut three year old kicked off his winning streak during the 2016 Queensland Winter Carnival and after scoring on debut in a 1000m Sunshine Coast 2yo Plate on April 23 went on to win the Group 2 $175,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 14.
Winning Rupert hasn’t been headed at three runs from a spell and resumed with a five and three quarter lengths win in a 1200m 3yo Plate at Eagle Farm on December 3 before repeating the effort for an easy win in the Listed $100,000 Delfina’s Bistro Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Doomben on December 17 prior to winning the Vo Rogue Plate and the $500,000 bonus.
Ryan will also saddle up $21 chance Chauffeur in the $2m Jeep Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m).