Welcome to 2018! Hopefully you had a fantastic festive period with your family and you survived the punting “off season”. Chips In started 2018 with a bang owning two winners on New Years Day, Hank Scorpio at Port Macquarie, and Conilad in Singapore. I’ve purchased a So You Think colt with First Light Racing at the recent New Zealand ready to run sales so hopefully this will give us something to follow and cheer home in 2018. Kaching is not far off a return so hopefully there will be a few wins install for Chips In this year. A Flemington winner or a Group 1 winner isn’t to much to ask for?!
Magic Millions 2yo Classic (Restricted Listed)
The peoples playground aka the Gold Coast will host the $10 million dollar race day which is easily one of the most anticipated, most enjoyable, and most intriguing race days of the year. Plenty of future champions are bought and sold each year at the sales and this once one day sale has turned into an iconic week/festival! The brain child of Gerry Harvey and John Singleton, The Magic Millions has truly changed the landscape for racing in Australia. Owners, trainers, jockeys, and breeders, now have this week as a target annually. I was lucky enough to do 10 Magic Millions straight including the year we purchased Sir Sagamore, it is one carnival you must attend if you are a racing or sporting fan.
The Tony McEvoy trained Sunlight will start $4 favourite despite drawing in Burleigh Heads (or on paper barrier 15). It won impressively last week in good time at The Gold Coast over 1100m. Eased down to the line the daughter by Zoustar still won by 4.50 lengths in 1.02.48 (last 600m 34.02). If she can jump and lead from the horror draw she is the one to beat, if she doesn’t and is kept wide, I don’t think she can reproduce that effort. It was made public before last Saturday that she needed the run? Wait until she is fully fit! I like horses on a quick back up, but not two year olds. The one to beat but she needs everything to go her way.
Jonker has been ultra impressive in both of his wins. He can lead or take a sit, and the son of Spirit Of Boom knows how to put his rivals to the sword. His 4.50 length win in The Magic Millions Classic at Wyong was arrogant and he looks he will appreciate the 1200m. From barrier 3 he should get a better run in transit than the other two fancied runners, Sunlight and Ef Troop, who have drawn 15 and 18 respectively, and if he sees daylight on straightening he will give a good sight and take catching. He is building a great resume, his Dad is on fire as a sire, and I think this colt at the $5 is great each way value. Clear top selection.
Ef Troop will need to be good from the wide gate, but he if he gets luck he can win. His last start victory in The Phelan Ready stakes at Doomben over 1110m was blistering, winning by 5.3 lengths in a canter. His last 600m nearly broke 33 seconds and he looked like he had plenty left. The gelding by Spirit Of Boom will be there when the whips are cracking. Skyray has good form around Jonker and will appreciate the 1200m. He has savaged the line his last two starts. Quarterjack is over the odds at $35 after an impressive win at Randwick last start.
Selections: Jonker (1) – Sunlight (11) – Ef Troop (2) – Skyray (8) – Quarterjack (3)
Chips In Best Bet: Gold Coast Race 9 Number 3 Viddora (20 units the win @$2.50)
Best Each Way: Gold Coast Race 8 Number 1 Jonker (7 units the win 3 units the place @$5)
Best Roughie: Gold Coast Race 5 Number 4 Eckstein (3 units the win 7 units the place @$11)
Next Best: Gold Coast Race 1 Number 10 Dinnigan (10 units the win @$1.70)
Best Place: Flemington Race 4 Number 3 Shokora (10 units the place @$2)
Chase The Sun
Tony James Edser