|Exciting juvenile Farnan booked his trip to Queensland for the state’s premier juvenile race with a powerful on speed win in today’s $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic RL (1100m).|
An unbeaten youngster by Not a Single Doubt, Farnan was sent out the well backed second favourite for the Wyong feature on the strength of a runaway five length win at Canberra in mid November.
Prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Farnan held out the Group Three Gimcrack Stakes winner Every Rose to win by a tick over a length, while Remorseless was the best of the rest in third place.
Farnan shortened from $34 to $7 with Beteasy for the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 11.
“That’s the first time I’ve sat on him,” winning rider Tim Clark said. “He was very impressive. He has a great attitude.”
“He seems unflappable and that’s a good attribute to have. He felt the filly come and he gave a great kick.”
Farnan now shares favouritism with today’s runner-up Every Rose and the untapped Stellar Pauline at the $7 quote.
Farnan emulated his sire Not a Single Doubt to win the Wyong 2YO Classic – Not a Single Doubt won the first running of the race in 2003. His daughter Karuta Queen won in 2010 during a victorious campaign that culminated with the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.
A $550,000 purchase by Aquis Farm and Phoenix Thoroughbreds from the draft of Vinery Stud, Farnan is the third winner from three to race for the group winner Tallow.
A daughter of Street Cry, Tallow won the Group Three The Vanity at Flemington and was second in a Magic Millions 3YO Guineas before retiring to stud.
As well as Farnan she is the dam of the multiple stakes winner Sandbar (Snitzel) – a current day performer who’s earned almost $500,000 already.
Meanwhile, Diamond Thunder confirmed his place on the second line of betting for January’s $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas with an impressive win in the Magic Millions Wyong 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m).
Not the best out of the gates, the Mark Newnham trained performer got back in the running before unleashing a strong run in the straight to win.
Diamond Thunder beat home this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic placegetter Hightail by a half neck, while Leviathan was a neck back in third place.
A gelded son of English Two Thousand Guineas winner Dawn Approach, Diamond Thunder was a $135,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy for PL Bloodstock from the draft of Queensland’s Oaklands Stud.
Winning rider Josh Parr punched the air when he returned to scale and said he was very much looking forward to the Gold Coast with the stakes winning two and three-year-old.
Diamond Thunder is the clear second favourite for the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at $8 behind the Sunshine Coast trained Alligator Blood who is the clear $3 elect.
Attention now switches to the Queensland Summer Racing Carnival where a number of key lead up races will be run from tomorrow’s Doomben feature meeting until the carnival Grand Final – The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday on January 11.