The Verdict: Chris Waller’s filly may be Class above in Magic Millions

Chris Waller’s Magic Millions stocks rose on two fronts, with the champion trainer poised to take his strongest hand yet to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Shaquero burst back into calculations with a much-improved effort to finish second in the Aquis Gold Nugget, but perhaps more notably, stablemate She’s All Class had her Wyong formline franked in a big way by Swift Witness in the preceding race.

She’s All Class is already on the Gold Coast and was taken to the races with Shaquero, just to give her another race day experience ahead of her tilt on the $2 million 2YO Classic next Saturday.

She’s All Class had five lengths to spare on Swift Witness at Wyong, but it’s not a fact Waller over concerns himself with.

Instead, he’s just focused on having She’s All Class in perfect order.

“She will have a gallop next week and be ready to go,” he said.

Shaquero fought valiantly under Glen Boss before Finance Tycoon finally got the upper hand in the final stages.

“Interestingly Glen said he did have a big blow today, so he will have a bit of improvement out of today’s run,” Waller said.

“Provided he pulls up well, I’m keen to run him next week.”

Shaquero battles with Finance Tycoon at the Gold Coast. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied


A comparison of times suggest Swift Witness should have the wood on Finance Tycoon and Shaquero next week after running significantly quicker overall figures off the back of a similar final sectional time.

Clearly the blinkers made a big difference to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly.

But did they offset the five-length margin She’s All Class had on her at Wyong?

No doubt she improved, but the way She’s All Class toyed with her rivals at Wyong, it has to be a huge vote of confidence in her credentials heading to next week.


Victorian jockeys were segregated from the rest of the jockeys on the Coast, with Craig Williams and Luke Nolen enjoying the comforts of the Gold Coast Directors’ lounge.

It proved a lucky launching pad, as the pair both landed features yesterday.

Visiting riders, or those that have based themselves here for the summer, had a big day.

Nash Rawiller and Glen Boss both impressed to land doubles, while Bobby El-Issa also joined in on the success.

Michael Rodd has only just recently returned home and was also a winner, leaving Brad Stewart as the only long-term locally-based rider to be among the spoils.

Brad Stewart rides Stolen Jade to victory at the Gold Coast. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail


Stolen Jade is a perfect specimen in the eyes of trainer Clarry Conners and she looked pretty damned good to the punters who smashed her in betting.

“We call her Bo, (after) Bo Derek, because I think she’s a perfect ten,” Conners said of her nickname when in the stable.

Bo Derek is most famous for her role in the 1979 movie “10.”

“She’s the best sort of a horse that I’ve seen in my whole life,” Conners said of Stolen Jade.

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