Australian Bloodstock change course in hunt for Magic Millions starts

HUNTER syndicators Australian Bloodstock will saveDeneeky for an easier assignment at Scone on Saturday but test Rhymes at the Wyong Magic Millions meeting on Thursday.
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Luke Murrell. Picture: Getty Images

The Kris Lees-trainedfillieswere nominated for the main Wyong events, which serve as qualifiers for races at the rich Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival next month.

Deneeky, a winner on debut at Muswellbrook, was down to race in the $200,000 two-year-old race(1100 metres), while Rhymes is in the $100,000 three- and four-year-old feature (1200m).

However, Australian Bloodstock director Luke Murrell saidDeneeky would be scratched given the strength of the Wyong race, which features black-type winner Madeenaty.

“The aim has always been to try to get her into theMagic Millions race and that one tomorrow is probably the best edition of that race there’s ever been,” Murrell said.“We think it’s probably a little too hard for her at this stage, so we’re going to go to Scone on Saturday. If shewins we could probably just sneak into the field.”

Rhymes is one of three Hunter-trained outsiders in the other feature, where Bjorn Baker’s Egyptian Symbol isthe early favourite. Newcastle trainer Paul Perry will start Last Witness, while Scone’s Rodney Northam has Touch Sensitive.

Murrell said Rhymes, which was second at Port Macquarie and Muswellbrookin her two starts,was being aimed at the$250,000maiden Magic Millions race.

”Kris has wanted to try her in a better class and ride her quiet, so we’re going to try that and see how far off the better ones she is,” he said.