Magic Millions BJ McLachlan Stakes Preview – Doomben 30/12/2017
Race 3 at Doomben on Saturday is the $200,000 Group 3 Magic Millions BJ McLachlan Stakes over 1200m.
Legislation ruled out of McLachlan Stakes
Twelve runners will face the starter following the withdrawal of the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Legislation.
Ladbrokes have chalked up the maiden Orcein as the early market leader at 3.60 after he was drawn in barrier two. Chris Waller trains the chestnut son of Snitzel who will be partnered by Michael Cahill at Doomben.
Orcein made a promising debut when finishing third to Secret Lady in the $150,000 Golden Gift over 1100m in November. He was then sent to Rosehill for a juvenile handicap where he finished runner-up behind Gongs. If he comes through Saturday’s test, Waller will be eyeing the $2million Magic Millions 2yo Classic in the New Year.
His main market rival is the Tony McEvoy-trained Crockett, the mount of Jamie Kah. The son of All American is out of Tuusula and has been the best supported runner this week. An early quote of 7.5 did not last long and he is now as short as 4.80. Crockett made a winning debut over 1000m in October before finishing fast behind Ef Troop in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes over 1100m here. The winner is currently joint-favourite for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic so his form will be put to the test this weekend.
Corey Brown aboard Witherspoon in McLachlan
The Exceed And Excel filly Witherspoon is third favourite at 6.00. She is trained by Brad Widdup at Hawkesbury and finished eighth on her debut at Randwick in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes. She improved on that effort to finish third, beaten less than a length, behind Outback Barbie in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes. Widdup has decided to pitch her in against the colts and she will start from gate nine under Corey Brown.
Luke Dittman has been booked to ride the John Zielke-trained Hopes Eternal, a gelding by Jet Spur. He won his first two races and was impressive at Doomben in October when scoring comfortably. He finished fourth behind Ef Troop last time so needs to find a little improvement.
Fullazaboot has also attracted each-way support for Stuart Kendrick and Larry Cassidy. The Sepoy colt has come in from 7.5 to 6.0 for the McLachlan but has to overcome a wide draw in barrier eleven. Tony Edmonds saddles Sizzling Ace (barrier ten) with Jeff Lloyd in the plate. She was beaten only one and a half lengths in the Calaway Gal Stakes and should finish alongside Witherspoon.
Doomben Betting Tips 30/12/2017
Race 3 – BJ McLachlan Stakes
Crockett @4.80 Ladbrokes