High-class fillies ready for Guineas battle

14 January 2021 04:08:29 GMTPlus11

Co-trainer David Eustace believes Away Game has every chance of becoming the first horse to complete the Magic Millions 2YO Classic-Magic Millions 3YO Guineas double after the filly drew barrier three for the $2million contest on Saturday.

"As Glen Boss said yesterday, from barrier three, she's going to look the winner in the straight but whether she'll see out the last 100 metres, that's the query," Eustace, who trains Away Game in partnership with Ciaron Maher, told RSN on Wednesday.

"She'll give 110 per cent that's for sure. We've got huge faith in her. We'll make use of her barrier and she'll be there every step of the way."

Away Game finished a neck behind Guineas favourite Isotope in the Gold Edition Plate over 1200 metres at Doomben on 19th December and Eustace believes his charge has improved ahead of the eagerly-anticipated rematch.

"She was first-up off a long break. She's thrived since and her work since has been great," he said.

Confidence is also high among the Tony Gollan camp ahead of Isotope's bid to justify favouritism in Saturday's Guineas following her draw in barrier seven.

The improving three-year-old, who ran second in the Champagne Classic as a juvenile, secured her second Listed prize when taking out the Gold Edition Plate, having streaked away to a three-length success in the Mode Plate at Doomben a fortnight earlier.

"It's a very hard race with a lot of quality horses and it'll take a genuine Group horse to win it and I'm hopeful Isotope can do it," Gollan told Racing Queensland.

"I'm happy Isotope drew barrier seven and I'd like to see her race a bit closer than she did when she won the Gold Edition last time. She stepped away well that day but couldn't muster any speed but this time there's a lot of speed horses drawn under her."

Isotope is 2.10 to win the race on Saturday, Away Game is on offer at 5.00.

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