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Magic Millions Cup Tips and Preview - Care To Think looks the standout

Jackson Oldham in Latest News 10 Jan 2018
  • Care To Think is the standout 
  • The Speed Map is all important 

Despite drawing barrier 19, the Matthew Dunn-trained Care To Think looks like the clear standout in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on Saturday. 

The barrier draw was less than ideal for the Four-year-old So You Think Gelding, however, he is now out to a backable price at the $4.00 mark and I think he represents some good value in an otherwise tricky race.

The 1400m start at the Gold Coast is held in a separate chute and gives runners a full two furlongs to get their positions before the first corner at the 1000m mark. 

On first glance, a full field of 16 and three emergencies makes it a tough ask to try and find the winner, with plenty of different formlines. 

The all-important speed map sees Arbeitsam leading from the inside barrier. The Melbourne visitor Ozi Choice should sit on his outside. Those two horses should ensure a solid tempo allowing horses to run on from the back. 

Milwaukee isn’t in the market, however, might prove a key. If he decides to press on and try and lead like he has in his last two starts in Sydney, they will be in danger of going far too hard out in front. I assume young Jockey Patrick Moloney will let the first two go and get a good run back in third or fourth. Crafty Cop will push through from gate two and should get the box seat position behind Arbeitsam. 

The map looks ugly for both Most Important and I Thought So who shouldn’t be too far away from the leaders but wide.

Horses such as Lucky Hussler, Crack Me Up, Soho Ruby, Eckstein and Care To Think will all be back in the run. 

Barrier five looks good on paper for Crack Me Up, however, there’s a chance he gets back and on the inside of runners and will need a great ride from Jockey Damian Browne. 

Care To Think has progressed through the grades at an incredible rate. His four wins on the trot have included a three-year-old race at Doomben and a TAB Highway race at Randwick last preparation. 

He has clearly gone to another level this campaign, bolting in at Doomben first-up in a Class 6 by almost three lengths. He progressed to Open grade last start and it was a horror watch for those who backed him (Myself included). He was almost literally climbing over their backs trying to get a run. 

He finally saw daylight at the 100m mark and I expected him to make it interesting as he was entitled to flash home late. What he did was unbelievable, going three to their one in the final 50m to win by a length and a half in what turned out to be an effortless victory. 

I have the opinion that Arbeitsam is too short in the market. My issue is he will have to burn the candle at both ends and absorb all the pressure out in front. It makes it difficult that almost all the other leading horses in the market, Care To Think, Crack Me Up and Lucky Hussler are all very good swoopers. I can’t see him leading all the way here.

Crack Me Up was terrific winning the Villers defeating the runaway leader Cabeza de Vaca and favourite Interlocuter. Whether he has the turn of foot to make Care To Think is the question mark for mine. 

A horse that is flying under the radar is Victorian galloper Soho Ruby. The Northern Meteor Mare flew home first-up at Ballarat against the Bias before being given no chance at Pakenham second-up. We saw what she could do at Flemington when ridden properly, showing a devastating sprint over the final 100m. She needs to get in the field first and then will needs the breaks to go her way, but don’t be shocked to see her bob up at a massive price. 

Care To Think looks a class above these, the progressive Gelding should hopefully sit in the three-wide line and peel to the middle of the track which is no disadvantage at the Gold Coast. Happy to be his way in the Magic Millions Cup. 



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