Bjorn Baker believes there are still improvements to be made in Infatuation for the Magic Millions Classic 14 Days Ago and is also toying with the addition of a headgear on the Gold Coast after scoring her first win at Randwick on Saturday.
Infatuation ($4.40) confirmed her biggest Magic Millions cash prize, breaking her maiden with a hard effort to beat the Little Pumper ($4.20 fav) and claiming a 100th win for Baker’s stable in NSW of 2022 book.
“She’s still looking around a bit, but she’s learning all the time,” said jockey Rachel King. “She still climbs a bit when she gallops, but she’s got a little bit more there, so hopefully that’ll happen in two weeks.”
Baker enjoyed a win on the board with the Golden Gift runner-up and will play for the Magic Millions with blinkers or a wink.
“I thought she was vulnerable today because she’s definitely even better,” Baker said. “She has the ability to focus on speed, but we want to get that extra focus for the Magic Millions.
“We just have to find out if it helps her, but we know we have a filly with a real chance.”
The infatuation went from $13 to $7 after her win, the second favorite for the Magic Millions, while Croatia’s Belle, undefeated at Moonee Valley, went from $21 to $15.
Sovereign Fund gives Snowden’s top 2 Magic Millions hopes
Peter and Paul Snowden will have the two favorites for the Magic Millions Classic after Wyong Magic Millions winner Sovereign Fund easily won in Doomben on Saturday.
Sovereign Fund and Breeders Plate winner Empire of Japan will equalize the Snowden royalty in the Magic Millions for the Newgate stallion syndicate.
“We’re in with these two horses, but it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win,” said Paul Snowden.
“When you get two studs like these two, you plan to tell them apart and we were able to do that and put them both in the running at their best.
“Sovereign Fund has always been a bit raw but very talented. I think Empire Of Japan deserves to be our front runner.”
Jamie Kah, who rode Sovereign Fund, will have the choice to ride Moonee Valley winner Croatian Belle, while James McDonald has the first cancellation on Empire Of Japan.
“We’ll get to know our riders over the next few days,” Snowden said.
Fashion legend deserves MM Guinea’s shot
Fashion Legend will travel to the Magic Millions Guineas after resisting an alarming betting drift for a tough win at the Vo Rogue Stakes in Doomben on Saturday.
The Deep Field son went from $9 to $18 in bets for the Group 3 race but stayed on pace and held off a late challenge from favorite Count Da Beans.
“He earned a crack with the Guineas and the Gold Coast track should suit his style,” said assistant coach Richard Freedman. “It’s great to bring Bon Ho this win and it’s a credit to Will for finding the horse and making him the choice of this sale.
“He’s very tough and I think the 1400m in a couple of weeks will suit him.”
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