Trainer Danny O’Brien has a big decision to make with his classy mare Paradee before next Saturday’s Magic Millions day acceptances

DANNY O’Brien has a potential $435,000 decision to make with classy mare Paradee, who proved a shade too classy in the second running of The Wave (1800m) on the Gold Coast yesterday.

It was a big payday for the four-year-old, who picked up a $200,000 bonus on top of the $145,000 first prizemoney as she wore down bold front runner Frosty Rocks under a cool Craig Williams ride.

Paradee holds nominations for both the $250,000 Open Handicap over the same course and the $1Million Subzero (2400m) next Saturday. The difference in first prize is $145,000 versus $580,000.

Williams suggested the 1800m is perfect for Paradee at this stage, but $1Million races don’t come along every day.

Last year’s Wave winner A Man To Match backed up in the Subzero and ran a bold third 12 months ago.

“It doesn’t look like she’s had too tough a run there today. She’s just up at Aquis and enjoying life at the moment,” O’Brien said.

“It’s a good time to be in form and be up here for these big prizemoney races.

“It all went to plan, albeit he had to dig deep to get past Nash (Rawiller) in the straight.”

Williams, who was taken by the wooden surfboard trophy, said it was all about getting his timing right on Paradee after enjoying a perfect run throughout.

“We had the right horse and the right barrier. The idea was to just make sure we got in front at the right time,” he said.

“She hasn’t won for a while, she’s competed so well and today was all about getting it right.”


CHRIS Munce has always shown huge faith in Boomnova and the filly is living up to the potential both he and apprentice Justin Huxtable believe she has following her graduation to Saturday class on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Following two wins at Doomben, where the hallmarks of success were controlling on speed and sprinting home in a quick sectional, Boomnova did it tougher yesterday, settling further back than Munce expected under new rider Bobby El-Issa before arriving in the nick of time to land the prize.

Munce now hopes to back the Spirit Of Boom filly up on Magic Millions day next week in the QTIS race if she can secure a run.

“She’s always been a good galloper. Before her first start in a race, she showed plenty at home,” Munce said.

“Hopefully she pulls up good, which I’m sure she will and then have enough prizemoney to get into the race.”

El-Issa secured the ride yesterday over Justin Huxtable, who could not make the filly’s 54kg.

“As long as she backs up well and we get in the QTIS race she will go around next Saturday

Justin has done a lot of work with her and has always said ‘boss she’s the best filly I’ve ridden in my life.’ He was a bit disappointed he couldn’t ride her at the 54kg,” Munce said.

El-Issa has been jolly on the spot so far in the New Year. He picked up two late rides last Saturday that he piloted to win and Boomnova kept the momentum going.

Originally published asTrainer to make $435,000 decision before Millions day

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