|Luke Currie won a second The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in three years when emerging filly Away Game stunned her rivals in Saturday’s $2 million contest at the Gold Coast.|
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s daughter of Snitzel let down with a dazzling turn of foot inside the final 300m to quickly put a margin on her rivals and held a two length margin over Stellar Pauline and Conceited on the line.
Currie, who won the 2YO Classic about superstar Sunlight in 2018, said the pint-sized filly had improved since her win in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1100m) last month.
“There’s not much of her but she’s definitely got some ability,” Currie said.
“I rode both of Ciaron and Dave’s horses last time and I thought the other horse Rathlin might shade her a bit.”
“But when we worked them together here last Saturday, she had the wood on him.”
“I knew she was quality but there are some pretty good two-year-old’s and it’s hard to win any two-year-old race, let alone a Magic Millions.”
“It was one of the most satisfying moments I’ve had in my career flying home after Sunlight’s win so I’ll be equally as satisfied when I fly home tomorrow.”
Away Game was purchased out of the Mill Park Stud draft for $425,000 by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Maher said he always thought the filly was one of the stable’s top seeds for the season’s feature two-year-old races.
The win was made even sweeter for the filly’s all-female group of owners who took home an additional $325,000 as part of the Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus.
“It was a pretty easy watch for her, she pinged the gates and we wanted to get a little bit of cover so Luke just rode the race and it was a beautiful ride,” Maher said.
“The filly is already a Stakes winner and now to win the Magic Millions, it’s fantastic.”
“We bought a lot of (now) two-year-olds last year and that was our main focus.”
“This is one of the big two-year-old races of the year and it’s fantastic to get it.”
Away Game’s three-quarter sister by Not a Single Doubt was purchased by Aquis Farm on Thursday for $580,000.