Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will be on the Gold Coast next Saturday when they stage a last-ditch attempt at having a Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner with filly Swift Witness.
Swift Witness, who finished third in the Wyong Magic Millions in her only start, tuned up for her Magic Millions audition when having an impressive track gallop at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
She will race in next Saturday’s $125,000 Aquis Gold Jewel (1100m), needing to win to bank enough prizemoney to qualify her for the rich $2 million Magic Millions the following Saturday.
Waterhouse, racing’s first lady, and training partner Bott will both be on the Gold Coast to watch the filly race next Saturday having been outside of the Sydney area for long enough to comply with Queensland’s coronavirus border restrictions.
Swift Witness won’t have raced for three and a half weeks since finishing third behind Chris Waller’s impressive Wyong winner She’s All Class but Bott feels the gap between races will suit her.
Blinkers will go on Swift Witness to sharpen her up for her chance at being Waterhouse and Bott’s only Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner this year.
Bott also likes the recent history of Magic Millions winners such as Exhilarates, Sunlight and Houtzen having raced in a two-year-old Gold Coast race before backing up to win the big dance a week later.
“That definitely gives us a lot more confidence to target that race on the Gold Coast next Saturday,” Bott said.
“She got a little bit lost at Wyong but she picked herself up nicely and stuck on well to give us hope to go forward towards the Millions with her.
“We will put the blinkers on her going into the race on the Gold Coast next Saturday and that should sharpen her up.
“If she could go to the races next Saturday and put her hand up with a win, it will bring her right into Magic Millions calculations.”
Waterhouse holds the record for the most Magic Millions 2YO Classic wins, having last won the rich race in 2012 with Driefontein.
Since 2012, she has had at least one runner in every edition of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Previously, she also won with Dance Hero (2004), Excellerator (2001) and Assertive Lad (2000).
Gai Waterhouse. Pic: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Waterhouse’s prospects of another win rest solely with Swift Witness, a $260,000 daughter of Star Witness who won two successive barrier trials before running third on debut at Wyong.
“I think she has a really tough constitution, will be a big improver off the Wyong run and will certainly handle the back-up into the Magic Millions if we need her to do that,” Bott said.
“She has got a really good motor and a lot of natural toughness.”
Godolphin filly Alice Through, which ran 10th at Wyong after being well-backed from $11 into $6, is set to be one of Swift Witness’s rivals at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Originally published asWaterhouse and Bott launch last-gasp Millions bid
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