Mulataja and Gaulois out to claim Magic Millions berths at Eagle Farm
Multaja’s chance comes in the Listed Nudgee Stakes in which she has the advantage of a good gate and a promising last-start effort to support her prospects.
A G3 winner against similar-class opposition at Randwick last autumn, Multaja (Ryan Maloney) goes into the Nudgee Stakes off a strong run in the Listed Razor Sharp at Randwick two weeks ago.
“She got a long way back in that race and was only beaten a half-length by Signore Fox who is in good form,” said assistant trainer Paul Reid.
“This is a good quality race but she has raced well in this company before and certainly looks up to this class.”
Prominent among Multaja’s opponents is the well-performed Invincibella, along with Sugar Boom and Grand Scholar, fillies who have both won their past three starts.
The added attraction for the winner of the Nudgee Stakes is a “wild card” entry to Magic Millions day on the Gold Coast on Saturday, 11 January, a race meeting otherwise restricted to horses sold at a Magic Millions sale.
Multaja’s goal would be the A$1 million Magic Millions Fillies and Mares over 1,300m.
Like Multaja, the Street Cry gelding Gaulois (Damien Oliver) is a Godolphin home bred and, as such, wasn’t offered for sale.
He will be attempting to win a place on Magic Millions Day by winning The Buffering, an ungraded race, but one offering A$200,000 in prizemoney and entry into the $A1 million Magic Millions Cup.
Saturday’s “wild card” attempts follow the success a week ago at Eagle Farm of Isaurian who won his way into the $A1 million Magic Millions Snippets by taking out the Listed Falvelon Quality at Eagle Farm.
Another Godolphin-trained runner guaranteed a place at the Magic Millions meeting is last year’s MM Two-Year-Old Classic winner Exhilarates who will attempt to bring up the double in the $A2 million MM Three-Year-Old Classic.