Flemington hosts a nine-race twilight meeting this Saturday with connections of several juveniles hopeful the sun isn't setting on their chance of qualification for the $2m Magic Millions Classic (1200m).
There are only two juvenile races in Melbourne between now and the Magic Millions Classic on January 11 – once of those is this weekend at Flemington over 1100 metres while the final opportunity is at The Valley on December 28 over 1200 metres.
Some Victorian-based trainers have suggested the local calendar could be enhanced with further two-year-old races over the next month and their claims are supported by the numbers.
Sydney and Melbourne have hosted ten two-year-old races since the start of the new season with Melbourne's juvenile events featuring 32 more runners with each way betting unavailable in just one of those events.
However, the difference in programming becomes noticeable over the New Year period with Sydney hosting seven juvenile races between December 10 and January 3. Consequently, qualification opportunities for the Magic Millions Classic are greater for those north of the Murray River.
With the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Tagaloa enjoying a brief break ahead of the $1.5m G1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the first two across the line in the $250,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat last month are the three-highest Victorian-based horse for next month's Classic – Euphoric Summer and Rathlin.
A total of 19 nominations have been received for this Saturday's two-year-old handicap over 1100 metres at Flemington, including the Godolphin-owned Conceited who is a Brazen Beau colt that cost $625,000 from this year's Gold Coast yearling sale.
Conceited is out of seven-time sprint winner Classy Chloe, who won the Listed Durbridge Stakes when trained by John Hickmott.
Godolphin's Australian head trainer James Cummings won last year's Magic Millions Classic with Snitzel filly Exhilarates purchased for $600,000 as a yearling.
Other Magic Millions Classic nominees listed at Flemington are The Big Easy and Unstoppabelle from the yard of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace plus Wide Awake (Hayes and Dabernig) and Zeppa (Tony McEvoy).
Twilight meeting at Flemington on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS