Trainer Tony Gollan is growing in confidence after Outback Barbie drew a “perfect barrier” for the A$2 million Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast.
The $2.80 favourite before the barrier draw, Outback Barbie shortened to $2.60 for Saturday’s race after she came up with gate three.
She will start from two after Ljundberg was kept in the draw because he is classed as an acceptor with Racing Queensland, even though trainer Ron Quinton insists he did not put him in.
Outback Barbie has had a career littered with black-type placings and bad luck, including a third in last year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic and sixth in the Vo Rogue Plate two weeks ago.
In the Vo Rogue she was well beaten by her main Guineas rival, Boomsara, but virtually lost her chance when another runner close to her fell mid-race.
“In the Vo Rogue we had to go back from a wide barrier and she had no luck,” Gollan said. “But we will be able to ride her a lot closer on Saturday.
“She has been prepared for the 1400 metres on Saturday and she worked strongly on Tuesday morning. With James McDonald in the saddle, I am looking forward to Saturday.”
Gollan warned that his other runner, Light Up The Room, should not be discounted after she drew barrier nine.
“She will come in a couple after scratchings and I have been really pleased with her work, so she is a good chance at $17,” he said.
The Chris Munce-trained Boomsara, who has drifted to $4.80, won the Vo Rogue from a wide barrier when he went to the lead. Jockey Damian Browne will employ similar tactics from barrier 18 on Saturday.
“Boomsara has done well since winning the Vo Rogue Plate,” Munce said.
A three-time Magic Millions Classic winner as a jockey, Munce will also saddle Skate To Paris and Ours To Keep during Saturday’s lucrative programme.
Ours To Keep was unplaced as one of the favourites in the Classic in 2017. He claimed his first win for two years at Eagle Farm on December 22. He will line up in the A$1 million Magic Millions QTIS Race.
“He is back in form and I think he can give Saturday’s race a shake,” Munce said.