Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, looks at every runner in Saturday’s  Gold Coast’s  Magic Millions Classic 2YOs with horse racing tips for the first four. Read on to see how he maps and assesses the race. Good luck, punters!

1. CUSACK (6) 1

T: Trent Busuttin & Nat Young /J: Craig Newitt (57kg)

Outstanding win on debut. Obviously rises in grade here and has come a long way for this but working the place down and has drawn very well. Has had two barrier trials at the Goldie and has won them both. Has speed and is tough. Big show.

2. MISHANI WARFARE (7) 32116

T: Les Ross / J: James Orman (57kg)

Cost just $2000 as a yearling, has already won $181,000 in prize money and is very strong on a good track. Is versatile too. Can lead, which he did to easily win at Eagle Farm, or come from the tail which he did at the Sunny Coast. Should be in the finish. Must be respected.

3. STUPENDO  (19) 12

T: Danny O’Brien / J: Craig Williams (57kg)

Scored a game win on debut at Flemington when up on pace all the way. Came to Qld and was a solid finishing 2nd to the unbeaten Mishani Spartan. All the better for that run but barrier draw is a killer.


T: Les Ross / J: Jackson Morris (57kg)

What an interesting galloper. Wasn’t showing anything on the track and less in trials, then on debut at $71came home like a train to easily win Ipswich maiden. Stepped up to stakes grade, and opened at $31, yet came home from last on the bend to beat Stupendo comfortably. So he might be extra good.

5. GOLDEN ARTIE (17) 2×41

T: Team Guy / J: Ben Thompson (57kg)

Solid galloper who revelled in the west conditions last start to beat a few of these when near speed all the way. Is very fit and capable and likes to wet. May have to be used up a bit early from this gate.


T: Les Ross / J: Rachel King (57kg)

Interesting galloper. Finished too hard to win at eagle Farm over 1000m then placed behind stablemate Mishani Warfare before getting well back in the mud and not running on behind Golden Artie last start. On best has place hopes.

7. THELWELL (5) 3×421

T: Sharryn Livingstone / J: Justin Stanley (57kg)

What a fairytale story this would be if he won. Owners weren’t looking to buy another horse, but he was sitting down, looked quirky so they did. Then he showed average talent until two starts back when chasing home the superstar Coolangatta, which was followed by a maiden win. Trainer has 6 on her books and 3 in work. You almost want him to win.

8. HEROIC SON (9) 1235

T: Team Hulbert / J: Adin Thompson (57kg)

Nice colt who won in town on debut then has raced well since. latest run got tired late when 5th to Mishani Spartan here over 1100m. This may test.

9. COOLANGATTA (13) 1×1

T: Ciaran Maher & David Eustace / J: James McDonald (55kg)

Is she worth the hype? Is she a superstar? Drawn wide here but has speed enough to overcome it and be in top 4 to the bend. She has all the hallmarks of a superstar. Just accelerates like a machine when asked. Unbeaten in 2 starts. May make a mess of this.


T: Annabel Neasham /J: Tommy Berry (55kg)

Won on debut and looked very smart coming from last on bend beating Miss Hellfire. Then just didn’t seem to handle the mud last start when 2nd to Golden Artie. Is better than that but this horrible draw means she will have to drop back and weave her way between runners.


T: Team Snowden /J: Kerrin McEvoy (55kg)

If there are any chinks in the armour of Coolangatta this filly will find them. She is very, very good and yet to be beaten. Bolted in a Randwick over 1100m last start and couldn’t have been any more impressive. Has a powerhouse finishing burst.

12. MISS HELLFIRE (11) 21

T: Team Snowden / J: Tim Clark (55kg)

Has found best form of late with a solid win here last start and just has plenty of speed. Stablemate of Russian Conquest and was runner-up to Soaring Ambition on debut. Has claims.

13. SNEAKY STARTER (10) 1419

T: Mick Mair / J: Tiff Brooker (55kg)

Has lots of speed and has won twice at the Sunny Coast but this is a whole lot different. Not raced past 1000m.

14. PERFECT MISSION (14) 2212

T: Michael Costa / J: Andrew Mallyon (55kg)

This filly may be a bit better than most people think. Has performed very well in all 4 starts, winning easily here, where she is trained by the way, and then coming home hard when 2nd to Miss Hellfire. Gives the impression the trip will suit.

15. SNITCAT  (2) 8352

T: Gary Portelli / J: Jason Collett (55kg)

Very consistent maiden galloper from 4 starts to date. Chased home the brilliant Russian Conquest last start. This is harder though.

16. BRIGHT BLUE SKY (16) 14

T: Jamie Richards/ J: Brett Prebble (55kg)

Interesting galloper. Aussie bred by NZ trained. Won on debut easily in Kiwi land then all at sea when handy 4th to Coolangatta in Gr 3 lead-up race. Bad draw but she does seem to have talent.

17. SWISS EXILE (1) 336

T: Annabel Neasham / J: Hugh Bowman (57kg)

Maiden galloper from 3 starts to date but has loads of talent. If he contains a run he will run boldly at big odds.

18. SPANISH ANGELS  (4) 332L53

T: Les Ross /J: – (55kg)

Probably wont get a run and has failed to win a race in 6 starts so not keen to break that here.


T: Team Snowden / J: – (55kg)

Only one race start to date and it was a handy 2nd in town making ground late over 1150m. This may be a race or two too soon but has talent.

20. WILD BOTANICA (15) 7×21

T: Kacy Fogden / J: – (55kg)

Revelled in the mud to comfortably win her maiden. Had run 7th in the Gimcrack behind Coolangatta on debut and seems to be improving.

21. RUSSIAN WARRIOR (12) 415

T: Allan Chau/ J: – (55kg)

Nice filly in the making who has won here. But may not get a run and the class at this stage is too tough anyway.


Tips: 1. RUSSIAN CONQUEST,  2. Coolangatta 3. Soaring Ambition, 4. Mishani Spartan