Gold Coast winners on Saturday, Swift Witness and Maribyrnong Plate winner Finance Tycoon, are well in the market at $6 and $7, with Shes All Class, the Wyong Magic Millions winner at her last start, still the $4 favourite as she looks to give Chris Waller his first Magic Millions Classic.
Waller will have Breeders’ Plate winner Shaquero, who was just nabbed by Finance Tycoon on Saturday, and possibly Ranch Hand as back-ups to the favourite.
James McDonald will continue his association with Shes All Class, leaving Hugh Bowman to ride Shaquero.
Waller was impressed by the barrier trial of Shes All Class last week before heading to his Gold Coast stable. She had a day at the races on Saturday as part of the planning for next week.
“We have been happy with the improvement since Wyong,” Waller said. “She is getting the credentials. We took her to the Gold Coast on Saturday for a walk around, and she handled it pretty well.”
Adkins back to trackwork next week
Andrew Adkins is set to return to race riding next month after a remarkable recovery from a serious fall last July.
Adkins, who broke a leg, a collarbone and seven ribs in the fall in the straight at Rosehill, has medical clearance to ride work from January 18 and will get riding fit before a raceday return.
Jockey Andrew Adkins could be back at the races next month.Credit:Getty
“They told me it could be 12 months when it happened, so to be back in six months is really good,” Adkins said. “I have spent Christmas up with mum and dad and I’m feeling really positive about this year.
“I’ll take a month just to get back into riding in the mornings before going back to the races but I’m really looking forward to it. I could ride the limit now because I’m walking around 51 kilos.”
Hickman opts for Magic Millions Cup with Eleven Eleven
Greg Hickman will target the Magic Millions Cup rather than the Snippets with his Magic Millions Guineas winner Eleven Eleven.
The Warwick Farm trainer looked at both races but believes his four-year-old, who has won the Wyong Magic Millions three and four-year-old and Christmas Classic at his past two starts, is looking for the 1400m.
“The sprint is a much stronger race and he is proven at the 1400m at the Gold Coast and I think if he can draw well he will be the one to beat,” Hickman said.
The Gold Coast has proven a happy hunting ground for Hickman, who also won the Magic Millions Guineas with his star Pierata.
Rudolph joins Adelaide stewards panel
Another former Racing NSW deputy chairman of stewards, Greg Rudolph, will return to the stewards’ room next month after accepting a position in South Australia.
Rudolph moved into administration as Hawkesbury chief executive for a couple of years but has decided to return as a senior steward in Adelaide.
He joins Philip Dingwall, who starts in Perth next month, back in the stewards’ ranks.
Racing NSW, meanwhile, is looking for a betting steward after the popular Leigh Dalton handed in his notice last week. Dalton is moving into an IT bookmaking business.
There are also suggestions the next Greyhound Racing NSW chief steward might come from the Racing NSW ranks.
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