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More Than Ready colt wins Magic Millions 2YO

Report, Australia, Saturday

Gold Coast: Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions 2yo Classic 6f turf

OUTSIDER Phelan Ready upset his better-fancied rivals to win a heart-stopping Magic Millions 2yo Classicon the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Trained by father-and-son duo Bruce and Jason McLachlan, Phelan Ready, a 75-1 chance, stormed home from midfield to catch favourite Paprika just short of the line in the $A2m (£923,857) sales race.

The winning margin was just a neck, with another outsider, Motown Lady, just a long neck back third.

Phelan Ready, a $A150,000 (£69,000) yearling purchase at last year's Magic Millions Sale, provided her senior trainer with his third win in the race, following victories with St Jude (1990) and Our Fiction (1993).

"I think that was the best of the three," said McLachlan.

 "He got a nice trouble-free run and everything worked out okay. We rode him quietly and that was the difference."

McLachlan's son Jason, who has only been training in partnership with his father for three months, was thrilled with the victory.

"He's always shown us a ton of potential and has finally delivered - it's just great, so much work has gone into this," he said.

Phelan Ready, a son of More Than Ready who sired last year's winner Augusta Proud, was ridden by former South Australian jockey Jason Holder, who relocated to Queensland five years ago.

He said: "I've been here for a while now and, while I've been competitive, I haven't broken any records. Maybe this will bejust the boost I need."

Also on Saturday

Gold Coast: Magic Millions 3yo Trophy 7f turf

TASMANIAN filly Tempest Tost (Gary White/Darren Gauci) made the trip to Queensland worthwhile with a brave win in the Magic Millions 3yo Trophy yesterday.

The daughter of Statue Of Liberty, who was foaled in Victoria, sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions Sale, is trained in Tasmania and struck gold on the Gold Coast in the $A1m (£462,000).

Tasmanian Racing Club chairman Geoff Harper, who purchased the filly for just $A72,500 (£33,500). On the pace throughout, Tempest Tost fought on gallantly to deny Rock Kingdom by a half-length.

 "She's a Group 1 horse," said Gauci.





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