The Magic Millions Classic can’t come quick enough for trainer Kelso Wood and jockey Chris Munce following the explosive debut win by Sizzling at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Sizzling (2c Snitzel – Admirelle by General Nediym) gave a breathtaking display to down Dansonate (Snippetson) and Anikintime (Red Dazzler) by six lengths in the Tyquin Speech And Reading QTIS Hcp.
Wood has waited years to erase the memories of losing the 1988 Magic Millions when Prince Regent lost the Gold Coast feature on protest to Molokai Prince.
“Sizzling is the best chance I’ve had of winning the Magic Millions since then,” Wood said. “He was under some pressure in the early stages but that’s a good sign as he will be even better when he gets to 1200 metres.”
Munce gave connections of Sizzling a glowing report after the colt produced a class record of 57.43s for 1000m. It bettered the previous mark set by Green Lagonda in 2004.
Munce has won the Magic Millions Classic aboard Sunblazer (1989), Excellerator (2001) and Dance Hero (2004). “He’s got a fair bit to do yet to be compared with Dancer Hero but he foolproof,” Munce claimed. “He’s on a par with a colt like Brave Warrior.”
A Listed winner of the Ken Russell 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast, Brave Warrior went on to win at Group 2 level in Sydney before going to stud and siring Show A Heart.
Sizzling was a $260,000 buy at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and is raced by a syndicate which includes well known property developer David Devine and VFL premiership player and coach Leigh Matthews.
The G3 B.J.McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on December 31 is likely to be Sizzling’s next assignment if Wood believes the colt needs another run before the $2 million Magic Millions Classic on January 14.
Sizzling is by Arrowfield Stud’s leading young sire Snitzel and was bred by John and Trish Muir of Milburn Creek Stud.
Sizzling joins Randwick winner Amorino among Snitzel’s third juvenile crop this season. And Snitzel filly Snitzerland earned black-type when she was runner-up to Applegate in the LR VRC Ottawa Stakes at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.
Admirelle is from Randwick stakes performer Admirelle. She produced a filly to Flying Spur last month and was bred back to Snitzel.