Jockey Stephen Baster on Nomothaj (rails) holds off Ranier on his way to winning race 1, the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, during the Racing Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, October 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Mal Fairclough) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Jockey Stephen Baster on Nomothaj (rails) holds off Ranier on his way to winning race 1, the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, during the Racing Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, October 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Mal Fairclough) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Could this filly have Sunlight’s Magic Millions measure?

BEN Hayes assessed Lindsay Park's sole representative Nomothaj in next Saturday's Magic Millions Two-year-old Classic (1200m) "as flying under the radar" going into the race.

Hayes said he received a confidence booster when he watched Tony McEvoy's filly Sunlight jog in at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Sunlight won by 4½ lengths and is a $4.50 equal second favourite for the race.

Hayes pointed out that Nomothaj at her only start won the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington, a race which Sunlight finished third and their filly is a $26 chance with TAB.

"She beat Sunlight comfortably who has won her past two starts by a cumulative nine lengths. You can't get any better form than that," Hayes said.

Hayes said they had deliberately set Nomothaj to win the Magic Millions first-up.

"She won her only start fresh so we decided that would be the best way to approach the race," he said.

His father David Hayes has trained five seconds in the race - Mahaasin (1990), Trustful (1991), St. Covet (1994), Churchill Downs (2006) and Husson Lightning (2007).

David Hayes says his team has deliberately set Nomothaj to win the Magic Millions first-up. Picture: Getty Images
David Hayes says his team has deliberately set Nomothaj to win the Magic Millions first-up. Picture: Getty Images

Last year they trained Madeenaty who finished third behind Houtzen. She also won the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes but had another two starts before that run.

Stephen Baster, who rode Nomothaj to win the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, will ride her on Saturday said he was excited by her recent trial win in Sydney with blinkers on.

Baster described Nomothaj as being professional as an early two-year-old but believes the blinkers have taken her to another level.

"The other day in her trial in Sydney with blinkers on she looked sensational. She travelled nicely and cantered up to them. She looked like she had improved," Baster said.

 

Jockey Jeff Lloyd speaks to trainer Chris Anderson after his winning ride on Mishani Bullitt in the QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap. Picture: AAP
Jockey Jeff Lloyd speaks to trainer Chris Anderson after his winning ride on Mishani Bullitt in the QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap. Picture: AAP

 

MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC

SATURDAY

$4 Ef Troop

$4.40 Sunlight

$5 Jonker

$14 Bondi

$16 Meryl

$18 Secret Lady, Quackerjack

$21+ Others

If Pierata can repeat his performance in the Vo Rogue Plate in Saturday’s Magic Millions Guineas he should prove difficult to beat. Picture: AAP
If Pierata can repeat his performance in the Vo Rogue Plate in Saturday’s Magic Millions Guineas he should prove difficult to beat. Picture: AAP

 

MAGIC MILLIONS GUINEAS

SATURDAY

$3 Pierata

$6 Sasso Corbaro

$8.50 Calculated

$11 Goodfella, Wild Heart, Bel Sonic, Aqua Divina

$13 Shogun Sun

$15 Cellargirl

$17 Whypeeo

$21+ Others

Odds: UBET


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