Magic Millions 2YO Classic Tips - Three in a row for wide gates

  • Houtzen and Sunlight both won from wide gates.
Tim Clark on Czarson wins The Roadwork Solutions Handicap at Rosehill Gardens

I think the market has overreacted to the barrier draw for Saturday’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) by pushing the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained pair out. 

Unbeaten gallopers Unite And Conquer and Czarson have drawn gates 18 and 15 respectively, and their wide gates have seen the pair drift to $6 and $7 while Dubious and Exhilarates have firmed to $5.50 equal favourites. 

However, Houtzen (2017) won this race from gate 16 and Sunlight won from barrier 12 last year, and if the emergencies don’t get a run, Unite And Conquer and Czarson will jump from gates 14 and 12.

And while it’s not ideal to draw wide, the last two year’s results show it can be done from an outside gate.

Gates aside, the Waterhouse and Bott pair bring the strongest form to this race, and I think they are clearly the ones to beat. 

The James Cummings-prepared Exhilarates scored impressively at Gold Coast last Saturday, which has been the winning trend in recent times, yet Exhilarates couldn’t get near the Waterhouse and Bott duo in Sydney.

Exhilarates was beaten 2.1 lengths by Czarson three starts back and then finished resolutely to be within 1.5 lengths of Unite And Conquer next time. 

That pair are undefeated in two starts, and it’s hard to line their form up – although, Czarson clearly had Unite And Conquer’s measure in a recent barrier trial.

Unite And Conquer is ultra-speedy and led in the trial while his stablemate sat in 2nd place. 

But when it came to the business end of the trial, Czarson cantered up under no pressure and defeated Unite And Conquer who was being pushed right out to the line. 

I have no doubt Unite And Conquer will lead on Saturday, and if Czarson can get a nice trail in behind him, he can finish best to take out the $2 million feature. 

Czarson is also proven over 1200m while a few of the top chances aren’t and may struggle over the slightly longer trip in this grade. 

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