Wicked Intent gets the chance to cement his favouritism for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic after drawing perfectly in the Listed $100,000 Morgans Seafood Phelan Ready Stakes (1050m) at Doomben on Saturday.
The Barry Mitchell trained Wicked Intent came up with barrier four in the eleven horse field and jockey Chris Munce will have no trouble seeking the lead or taking a nice sit if something else wants to set the pace.
The Wicked Style colt had no trouble finding the lead from gate six in an eight horse field last start when he lead all of the way to win the over the same course and distance as the Phelan Ready Stakes.
At his only other start Wicked Intent raced on the pace before scoring a two and a quarter lengths win over 900m at the Gold Coast on October 4 with Brad Stewart in the saddle.
“He’s up with them,” Munce said.
“He’s skips the lids, he’s a lovely mover and takes a huge stride.”
There looks to be plenty of speed in Phelan Ready Stakes with Mishani Di Caprio, It’s Vegas Baby and Wicked Investment all on pace runners.
The Les Ross trained Mishani Di Caprio and the Brade Horne trained It’s Vegas Baby have drawn the two inside gates while Wicked Investment from the Paul Butterworth stable has drawn out wide at eight.
Mishani Di Caprio is a winner twice from six race starts and is coming of a last start second over 1200m at Doomben on December 6 while It’s Vegas Baby finished second at his only start over 900m at the Gold Coast on November 15.
Ric McMahon replaces Munce on Wicked Investment who has finished third at both his runs over the Doomben 1050m on October 11 and November 1.
Top Sydney jockey Tommy Berry has taken the ride on the Danny Bougoure trained first start Red Magic who has drawn near the outside at nine.
Red Magic, a colt by Magic Albert out of the Rubiton mare Red Centre, is going to the races for the first time without an official barrier trial but is certain to be well educated by the talented Eagle Farm trainer.