Vets have been unable to find anything wrong with one-time Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite Shaquero who is now potentially set to push on towards a Millions’ tilt.
Chris Waller-trained Shaquero was the Magic Millions favourite on the back of the colt’s imposing Group 3 Breeders’ Plate triumph at Randwick in October but flopped badly when the $2.25 favourite in the BJ McLachlan Stakes at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
The colt was a big drifter in Magic Millions betting, now $14, after finishing second last in the McLachlan and beaten 7.5 lengths behind Alpine Edge.
Rider Luke Dittman told stewards on the day the colt had raced greenly and hung out from the 800m.
Racing Queensland vets and Waller’s own vets have since been over Shaquero with a fine-tooth comb and have found nothing to explain the poor performance.
“I was just shaking my head at the run and we are all completely bamboozled, the vets have found nothing,” part-owner Neville Morgan said.
The plan for Shaquero now is to have a track gallop later this week and potentially race on the Gold Coast in a two-year-old race over 1100m the Saturday before the Magic Millions.
The race has been a successful launching pad in recent years with the back-up formula into the Magic Millions followed by Toby Edmonds’ sprint star Houtzen in 2017 and replicated by Sunlight in 2018 and Exhilarates in 2019.
Meanwhile, Waller’s three-year-old colt Kukeracha which won over 1600m at Eagle Farm last Saturday could now race in the $250,000 The Wave over 1800m on the Gold Coast on Saturday week.
Kukeracha is also owned by Morgan who indicated The Wave was being given consideration for Kukeracha after he was headed but fought strongly to win last Saturday.
Owner Nev Morgan. Photo: Jono Searle.Source:News Corp Australia
Originally published asOne-time Magic Millions favourite likely to push on
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