MM WYONG 2YO CLASSIC TO ZOUTENANT
Now Shares Second Favouritism For MM 2YO Classic
Zoutenant (Zizou) took out yesterday’s Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1000m), despite wayward manners in the latter stages almost costing the Kevin Moses-trained colt the victory.
The colt, having his second race start, was a little slow to move but recovered to get a good trip on the rails before hitting the lead half-way down the straight.
Zoutenant, sent off the $2.40 favourite, proved difficult to handle however, and the experience of jockey Glyn Schofield came to the fore as he managed to coax out a narrow win, scoring by a nose from the late-closing Surf Seeker (Wanted), with the filly Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt) only a long head away third.
"A run presented itself and he took the run but, wow, when I gave him a reminder behind the saddle he decided to shift ground instead of concentrating and running true," Schofield said.
Aerobar Wins Wyong Guineas
The Gerald Ryan-trained filly Aerobar (Flying Spur) put up a good effort to win the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO Stakes (1200m) at Wyong yesterday but she is doubtful to back-up in next month’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (RL, 1400m) at the Gold Coast.
Ridden by James McDonald, Aerobar, sent off a $9 chance, raced outside the leader, Echo Gal (Stratum), and proved too good for the $2.30 favourite, moving clear half-way down the straight before scoring by a length and a quarter.
The Bjorn Baker-trained Cyclone (Sebring), a $9.50 shot, ran on well from near last for a good third, a half neck further back.
The Wyong Magic Millions 3YO Stakes is a lead-up to the $1,000,000 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on 10 January, with Sweet Idea (Snitzel) completing the double for trainer Gai Waterhouse last season.
Webb Joins Aquanita
Stuart Webb is to become the fourth trainer operating under the Aquanita Racing umbrella as of 1 February. Webb, who trained Yosei (Invincible Spirit) to three Group One wins and has been working alongside Robert Smerdon. In announcing the news, Aquanita chairman Peter Howell said: “This is very exciting news for Aquanita, as Stuart is a proven trainer with multiple Group One success under his belt.”