Saturday is shaping as a significant day for Proven Thoroughbreds’ Magic Millions 2YO Classic contender GOTTA KISS.

The all-ladies owned filly is down to run in the QTIS 2YO Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm, a race which is likely to be split into two divisions due to the volume of nominations received.

With $57,050 already in the bank, GOTTA KISS has likely done enough to earn a start in the Gold Coast’s $2 million event next month, however, nothing would boost her prospects like another win!

Trainer Steve O’Dea also saddles up INVIGORATING (pictured), a promising four-year-old mare returning from a year-long injury-enforced break. The daughter of SIZZLING has won two of her three career starts, including a defeat of recent stakes winner Frangipani Moon.

BLACKBOOKER: RECKLESS CHOICE was always going to find it tough coming back to 1300m from a mile, despite being almost a month between runs. He was out the back in his usual position and couldn’t make any impression on the race as the leaders capitalized on an on-pace bias. The big chestnut gets back out to a suitable distance at the end of this month and will be much better suited in what will be his final lead-up to the Magic Millions. 

Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners:

Randwick-Kensington Wednesday December 18

BM70 Handicap 1550m:


Joe Pride/Jay Ford

Comment: Doubt she appreciated being back on the fence last time when the winner led throughout. Only six rivals have accepted here and she should be able to cross from the outside draw and take some catching on the quick back-up.

Goulburn Friday December 20

Fred Cooper Cup 1600m:


John Bateman/Blaike McDougall

Comment: Impressive last start winner, and significantly, at her first try over this distance. Expecting her to run well again back on her home track.

Class 1 & Maiden Plate 2100m:


John Bateman/Blaike McDougall

Comment: Looked to have every chance last time out when fourth at Wagga. Did have to cross over from a wide gate there so looking for him to draw closer to the inside here and has placed in both runs on his home track.

F&M Maiden Plate 1200m:


John Bateman/Blaike McDougall

Comment: Having her first start for the stable (previously with Joe Pride). Has been far from disgraced in earlier runs this preparation.

Colac Saturday December 21

Maiden Plate 1600m:


Archie Alexander/Neil Farley

Comment: Excellent run first-up when swooping into third over 1400m at Hamilton. Will have taken a great deal of benefit from that race and gets an ideal rise in distance.

Eagle Farm Saturday December 21

QTIS 2YO Handicap 1000m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Seven length trial winner last week so looks on track to give this race a shake. Formlines have stacked up well around her and will almost surely start one of the favourites.

Listed Falvelon Handicap 1200m:


Steve O’Dea/TBA

Comment: Talented horse who keeps improving with every preparation. Has definitely earned a crack at stakes level and is a proven fresh winner. Recent trial was impressive.

Class 3 Handicap 1200m:


Steve O’Dea/Boris Thornton

Comment: First-up after 12 months due to injury but has been fitted with two official trials and a jumpout for this. Showed ability in three starts as a three-year-old, should arguably be unbeaten.

Randwick Saturday December 21

BM78 Handicap 1600m:


Joe Pride/Chris Williams

Comment: Coming off an inexplicably poor run at Kembla last month. Generally races well at Randwick and has been kept fresh for this which should suit.

BM88 Handicap 2000m:


Joe Pride/TBA

Comment: Was game in defeat at Eagle Farm last Saturday when third to The Candy Man in track record time. Whether he starts here will depend on how he handles the return trip to Sydney.

Highway Handicap 1300m:


John Bateman/Billy Owen

Comment: Outstanding effort to place in a highway at Rosehill three weeks ago. Should appreciate stepping up to 1300m and must be regarded a winning chance.

Newcastle-Beaumont Saturday December 21

Maiden Handicap 1150m:


Joe Pride/Chad Lever

Comment: Loomed up to win on debut at Nowra but the inside horse fought back to steal a margin at the winning post. Raced a bit keenly and was wide throughout there so with a bit of luck in running he can go one better.

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