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Trent Busuttin and Chris Waller stables go head-to-head for a Magic Millions berth at Eagle Farm


#Victorian trainer #Trent #Busuttin is cursing himself for not racing #Gleneagles a week earlier as he prepares to tangle with #Chris #Waller’s unbeaten colt #Ranch #Hand on #Saturday with a #Gold #Coast #Magic #Millions spot up for grabs.

#Both #Gleneagles, the #Wyong #Magic #Millions runner-up, and #Ranch #Hand, a dominant three-length #Warwick #Farm winner, need to win #Saturday’s #Magic #Millions QTIS #Handicap (1200m) at #Eagle #Farm to assure themselves of a #Magic #Millions 2YO #Classic berth next month.

#Running second on #Saturday would be enough to push #Gleneagles marginally inside the current #Magic #Millions field but he could easily then be elbowed out with a pair of two-year-old races on the #Gold #Coast the following #Saturday.

#Busuttin had initially been leaning towards running #Gleneagles, who on debut chased home dominant #Wyong winner #She’s #All #Class, in the #Group 3 #Bruce #McLachlan #Stakes at #Eagle #Farm on #Boxing #Day.

#Now he wishes he had, because he feels sure #Gleaneagles would have finished in the top three in the $250,000 race and that would have been enough to qualify for next month‘s #Magic #Millions.

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#He also didn’t realise he would be up against #Ranch #Hand, the $1.55 favourite on #Saturday, as the #Waller colt had also nominated to run at #Sydney’s #Kensington track on #Saturday.

#But #Ranch #Hand drew wide in #Sydney and secured barrier four in #Brisbane.

#Adding to #Busuttin’s frustration is the fact #Gleneagles has drawn the widest barrier in #Saturday’s 1200m #Eagle #Farm sprint.

“We were going to run last week but I wanted to do the right thing by the horse and give him an extra week from his #Wyong run but, in retrospect, if we had have run last week I’m sure we would have run in the top three (and qualified for #Magic #Millions),” #Busuttin said. “Then I thought in all likelihood, #Ranch #Hand was going to be staying in #Sydney this #Saturday.

“Our barrier was a bit of a disaster and then I scrolled down and saw #Waller’s horse had drawn wide on the #Kensington track, so I figured it would be coming to #Brisbane.”

#While #Busuttin, who co-trains with #Natalie #Young, has high respect for #Ranch #Hand, he is certainly not conceding defeat on #Saturday.

#Gleneagles is $5.50 on #Ladbrokes and #Busuttin says the colt has improved since making his debut at #Wyong and will make his presence felt on #Saturday.

“Our horse has improved big-time off that #Wyong run and we will find out whether we are good enough on #Saturday,” #Busuttin said.

“We have drawn wide and that’s not ideal but I had a look at things last night and for a two-year-old race there doesn’t appear to be mad speed.

“Luke #Currie will just ride our colt as he jumps and you would think he could get across into a decent spot. #If he can’t run in the first two on #Saturday then he doesn’t deserve to be in the #Magic #Millions anyway.

#Trent #Busuttin said #Gleneagles had improved since making his debut at #Wyong. #Picture: #Getty #Images

“If we happen to run second we will then be sweating on things to see if we get a (#Magic #Millions) spot.”

#In #Ladbrokes market for the $2 million #Magic #Millions on #January 16, #Ranch #Hand is a $12 chance and #Gleneagles is $21.

#Busuttin and #Young will also make a last-ditch attempt to qualify #Rambeau for the #Magic #Millions when the colt races on #Saturday week at the #Gold #Coast.

#Rambeau was last seen finishing fourth behind #Alpine #Edge in the #Listed #Phelan #Ready #Stakes at #Eagle #Farm on #December 12.

#Read all #News by #Ben #Dorries





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