Five exciting youngsters will be racing for a $50,000 bonus in Singapore on Sunday in the G3 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship (1200m) at Kranji.
Magic Millions will give the owner of the winner the bonus if that horse is a graduate of one of their sales. The eligible runners for the bonus are Gingerbread Man, Biggest Secret, Strata Star, Top Venture and Aradea.
GINGERBREAD MAN is set to start one of the favoured runners in the feature stakes event after four excellent runs in his career to date. Prepared by Bruce Marsh, Gingerbread Man has two wins and two seconds to date and locals are tipping him as the horse to beat in the Championship.
A son of Shamardal, Gingerbread Man was knocked down to Magic Millions Bloodstock Consultant James Dawson for $30,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Dawson purchased the youngster for Joe Singh while on the phone to the Singapore based owner.
BIGGEST SECRET can go one better than stablemate Always Certain who finished second in the Juvenile Championship last year.
By Secret Savings, Biggest Secret was purchased from last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $130,000. He’s raced twice – for two eye catching wins.
“He’s a horse who has never stopped improving physically since his debut win,” trainer Michael Freedman said. “I would say his second win was a much better effort than his first. He has a nice temperament for a two-year-old and he looks to have a nice future here.”
STRATA STAR will represent Widden Stud sire Stratum who has taken all before him in Australia this season with the likes of Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily.
A $70,000 purchase by trainer Michael Clements at last year’s National Horses in Training Sale, Strata Star has raced just once. At that outing, on July 2, he put up a big performance to win on debut from an outside barrier in a 1200 metre juvenile event.
Strata Star was a member of the Symphony Lodge draft at the Horses in Training Sale last October – being sold on behalf of well known Queensland based horseman Edward O’Dwyer.
TOP VENTURE will be the first black type runner for first season trainer Theo Kieser in the Championship. The promising youngster is a Baramul Stud graduate and ran second on debut before racing away to score at his most recent outing.
The Flying Spur youngster was purchased by his trainer for $80,000 at October’s National Horses in Training Sale.
Kieser has spent a lifetime around racing in South Africa and is best known in recent years as the long time foreman for Laurie Laxon. “Top Venture is very lazy and laid back but puts it together on raceday,” Kieser said. “Around the stable you can do anything with him but he switches on come raceday and has a really good temperament.”
ARADEA rounds out the Magic Millions graduates chasing the $50,000 bonus. He is trained by John O’Hara and was purchased from the draft of Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $65,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Aradea is a well bred son of Johannesburg and his dam is the stakes winning Beautiful Crown mare Bella Corona. He has raced on just one occasion and he finished third behind Api Api on July 9.
The Magic Millions Juvenile Championship is Race 8 at Kranji on Sunday and will jump at 7.40pm (AEST).