An excellent Saturday of racing for Proven Thoroughbreds saw top Queensland filly GOTTA KISS cement a Magic Millions berth with another victory while GREENSPAN took out Randwick’s Highway race at double-figure odds.
The familiar trainer-jockey combination of Steve O’Dea and Stephanie Thornton was on show in the first race at Eagle Farm as GOTTA KISS surged along the rails to defeat a hot field in the $125,000 Basil Nolan Jr QTIS 2YO Plate (1000m).
The win has guaranteed the daughter of NOT A SINGLE DOUBT a start in next month’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic which could prove a financial windfall for her all women syndicate with a potential $2.1 million to be won.
Latest futures markets on the Magic Millions have GOTTA KISS priced around $9.
Just over an hour later, it was GREENSPAN’s turn to step into the limelight and the John Bateman-trained gelding didn’t disappoint, saluting in the 1300m Highway at attractive odds of $26.
The win provided Bateman with his first Randwick winner – a milestone he surely won’t forget in a hurry!
The day was rounded out with a stakes placing for SCALLOPINI, who only found one better in the Listed Falvelon Handicap (1200m), and a third for TAHSIN in the lucky last at Randwick, representing a welcome turn around in recent form.
In total, our contingent of Saturday runners collected just shy of $150,000 – not bad for a day’s work!
Proven Thoroughbreds’ tally of winners for the year is now up to 58 and 23 for the 2019-20 season which began on August 1.