Brisbane youngsters Wicked Intent and Flamenco confirmed their places in the field for the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 10 with impressive stakes races victories on Saturday.
Wicked Intent retained his place as favourite for the rich juvenile feature when he scored an arrogant win in the listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben.
Prepared by Barry Mitchell, Wicked Intent cruised home to beat proven juvenile winner Mishani di Caprio by a widening four and a quarter length margin.
A $16,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale purchase for Munce Racing from Oaklands Stud, Wicked Intent was sent out the odds on favourite after two impressive wins from as many starts.
By Macho Uno’s Group One winning son Wicked Style, Wicked Intent is the first runner to date for the twice winning and city performed Easy Rocking mare tell’em it’s Easy.
Successful at 1000 and 1200 metres, Tell’em it’s Easy is a three quarter sister to stakes placegetters Rocklet and Vocalic.
It’s the same family as outstanding gallopers Shiva’s Revenge, Just Now, Tellson, Scenic Warrior, Bernalla, Telltina, Startell, Now’s Good and Tellem.
Promising filly Flamenco made the best possible start to her career when she scored an impressive win in the listed Calaway Gal Stakes around 30 minutes later.
A daughter of Sequalo, Flamenco edged out Flamenco Girl in a thrilling finish to the feature fillies contest.
Trainer Liam Birchley purchased Flamenco for $30,000 from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud Farm at March’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
The chestnut youngster is the first named foal for the unplaced Hidden Dragon mare Hidden Flair – a daughter of the city winning two-year-old and good producing Celestial Dancer mare Cheer Girl.
Flamenco is therefore a three quarter sister to the Flemington stakes winning and $274,000 plus earner Holding, a winner of 10 races up to 1200 metres for Prime Thoroughbreds.
Soldi Domani proved his status as one of Queensland’s smartest three-year-olds when he scored an emphatic win in yesterday’s listed Gold Edition Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
Prepared by Bryan Dais, Soldi Domani raced away in the concluding stages to beat fellow Magic Millions graduates She’s Miss Devine, Stroak and Homehill in the feature three-year-old event.
A $52,500 purchase for owner Craig Morrissey at the Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale from the Waylon J Stud draft, Soldi Domani will most likely head to the Vo Rogue Plate before a break.
The sixth stakes winner for Sunday Silence’s record breaking sire son Keep the Faith, Soldi Domani is the first named foal for his dam, the lightly raced and placed Bel Esprit mare Bel Jadore.
She in turn is from an unraced Highest Honor full sister to international stakes winner Parthe. The family further back takes in fellow international stars Persepolis, Pont D’or, Redoutable, Vayrann and Chaddleworth.
Meanwhile, quality galloper Hopfgarten made it four stakes wins on the Doomben card on Saturday for Magic Millions graduates when he dashed away for a 3.3 length success in the Brisbane Handicap (1600m).
A $26,000 National Yearling Sale purchase from Enterprise Stud for Paul Willetts, Hopfgarten notched his second stakes win yesterday having already won June’s Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas.
The Mossman gelding will most likely have his next run in the Bernborough Handicap according to trainer Rob Heathcote.
Hopfgarten like Heathcote’s stable star Buffering is a son of Mossman. He is one of just two named foals for his dam, the unraced O’Reilly mare Black Tourmaline.
Black Tourmaline is from a half sister to Ipswich Cup winner Forest Jim and fellow stakes performer and 13 time winner Juerga. Hopfgarten’s fourth dam is none other than Leilani.
Pics – Dan Costello.