As Chris Waller gave Shaquero a confident all-clear for a crucial Gold Coast Magic Millions audition on Saturday, Ciaron Maher’s chances of winning consecutive 2YO Classics received a boost when Fake Love tuned up in fine style.
Shaquero, the one-time Magic Millions favourite who flopped badly in the Group 3 Bruce McLachlan Classic, had been entered for a two-year-old trial on the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning but Waller elected to scratch the colt.
He will instead take his place in Saturday’s $125,000 Aquis Gold Nugget (1100m) on the Gold Coast with Glen Boss booked to ride.
Waller has indicated that if Shaquero races well on Saturday he will line up in the big dance of the $2 million 2YO Classic a week later, with the back-up formula proving a winner for the likes of Sunlight, Exhilarates and Houtzen in recent years.
“I’ve been happy with his work over the past week and expect him to run well Saturday, proving himself the chance to make the final Magic Millions field,” Waller tweeted.
Chris Waller says if Shaquero races well on Saturday he will line up in the 2YO Classic.Source:Getty Images
Shaquero, who has already earned enough prizemoney to make the Magic Millions field, is a $15 chance on Ladbrokes to win the Magic Millions Classic.
Meanwhile, Maher and Dave Eustace’s two-year-old filly Fake Love has showed she is on song for a 2YO Classic tilt with a pleasing win in a 900m Gold Coast trial.
Ridden by Boss, Fake Love won the three-horse trial by three quarters of a length over fellow Magic Millions aspirant Baby Wong in a time of 53.59sec.
Waller’s Shaquero is a $15 chance to win the Magic Millions Classic.Source:Getty Images
Last seen at the races when runner-up after being trapped wide and run down in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes at Eagle Farm on December 12, Fake Love jumped well in the trial and could have led but Boss jagged her back to last.
She powered home and Boss believes she is a key player in the Classic on Saturday week where she is an $11 chance.
Talented I Am Invincible filly #FakeLove had a good look around the @GCTurfClub track this morning, enjoying her trial win for the @cmaherracing & @eustacedj stable.@TDNAusNZ @anz_news @racing_qld @RaceQLD @StudValiant @SkyRacingAU @yarramanpark @barry_bowditch @xlbnathan_cmail pic.twitter.com/Qm8I7PpUeu
Maher and Eustace are aiming for back-to-back wins in the Classic after Away Game saluted last year.
“They went slow in the trial and I wrestled her back and I think she may even be better when ridden a little bit quiet,” Boss said.
“She has the versatility to be ridden where I want her to be.”
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Annabel Neasham-trained Ghostwriter was scratched from the Gold Coast 2YO trial but Aquis Boss Shane McGrath said the colt had earlier galloped on the course proper in “a lovely piece of work.”
Ghostwriter is a $51 chance in the Millions after flopping in the BJ McLachlan but the team feel he is back on track to take his place in the rich race on Saturday week.
Originally published asWaller’s Magic trick to seal spot for gun colt in Classic
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