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KEMBLA GRANGE PREVIEW


DEBUTANTE Glitterscript’s Gold Coast Magic Millions prospects will become clearer after she begins her racing career at home at Kembla Grange tomorrow.

Prepared by leading local trainers Rob and Luke Price, Glitterscript takes on the might of global racing and breeding giant Godolphin (with five runners) in the Go Hire 2YO Maiden Handicap (1000m).

“It will be a really good test for her against the Blue Army,” co-trainer Luke Price said today.

“She is a really nice filly, and even though she is still new and inclined to look around, it’s in our favour that she works at home and has trialled at home.”

A $60,000 purchase on the Gold Coast glitter strip at the Magic Millions yearling sale in January, the beautifully named Glitterscript (Written By – Sparkle) has also been nominated for Wednesday’s Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m), but is staying at home for her debut.

“We feel it is best to stick with the home track advantage, and I’m sure she will run well,” Price said.

“Provided she races up to expectations, we can either start her again in a 2YO Plate (1100m) at Royal Randwick in a fortnight, or head to Queensland to try to secure more prizemoney to make the Magic Millions field.

“It might be more advantageous to go north and get her used to the surroundings there.”

Glitterscript comfortably won a four-horse 820m barrier trial at Kembla Grange on November 27, which included fellow local trainer Theresa Bateup’s third placegetter Yes Arnie, an unraced Yes Yes Yes gelding, who is a rival again tomorrow.

Brock Ryan rode her in the trial, and stays aboard for her debut, whilst Jess Taylor rides Yes Arnie.

Prizemoney for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m), to be run at the Gold Coast on January 13, has been boosted from $2m to $3m.

Team Price has already prepared a dozen winners at home so far this season and opened up a clear premiership lead, and has a sizeable team lining up at tomorrow’s meeting.

Their runners are:

PROVINCIAL MAIDEN PLATE, 1500m: Beachman (Robbie Downey);

CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP, 1500m: All Machiavellian (Ryan);

SUPER MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1200m: Art Le Crème (Christian Reith);

BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP, 1200m: Mr Rock It (Downey), and Noble Attack (Alysha Collett).

Blinkers go on the lightly-raced Beachman in the 1500m Maiden Plate, and winkers come off.

Invade And Conquer was also an acceptor for the $60,000 Super Maiden, but instead is running in the opening race, a 1250m Maiden Handicap, at Canterbury tonight. Dylan Gibbons will ride.

The rail is 6m out from the 1100m to the winning post, and 3m for the remainder of the circuit. A “Good 4” rating was posted this morning.

. Michael Craig’s selections are:

Race 1​ - 5 Glitterscript drawn well and trialled impressively

6 Madrina led all the way in recent trial

4 Glorioso has the benefit of race experience

Race 2​​ - 8 Royal Veloute nice run when resuming

4 Last Ditch Effort should be handy throughout

3 Just Boogie improved effort last start

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Race 3​ - 6 Winning Point big effort first up

4 Eau De Vie worth another chance

1 Jumeirah Beach not beaten far last start

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Race 4​​ -9 Spring Lee ready after 2 recent trials

5 In Flight looks very promising

2 Against The Law sat wide throughout last start

Race 5​ - 12 Writty hard to beat on debut

2 Tulle has been fancied at only 2 starts

7 Hajra big chance again

Race 6​​ - 8 Himalayas expect to perform well fresh

​​4 Calmer Karma racing in fine form

1 Asva is a very consistent performer

Race 7​ - 3 Runwiththetide coming back sharply in grade

​​2 Magnatear easy winner at Newcastle

6 Long Memory strong chance again

*Story John Curtis, December 8, 2023 - Pics supplied*

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