Victorian filly Scorched Earth, despite a betting drift, lived up to its name and hype with a stunning win in the Magic Millions SA 2YO Classic at Murray Bridge.
The $202,250 purse, SA’s richest race for two-year-olds, proved easy pickings for the daughter of Nicconi – giving her rivals a smacking after leading early.
Leading rider Jess Eaton took the $3.10 favourite to the front soon after settling but when the chasing pack looked to make their runs in the straight their efforts were in vain as the winner charged away to win by just over five lengths.
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Trainer John Moloney, who was not on track, said he was thrilled with the manner in which the filly won.
“That was a special win and very exciting for our team,’’ Moloney said.
“I know that some people over here (Victoria) had been watching her progress.
“From here I’m not sure where she will go, could be Sydney, but not sure.
“You sort of think she has not bottomed out but we will see. We will get her home and then have a think about that.
“And it was great to have (jockey) Jess (Eaton) on. I have known Jess from when she was over here and she was happy to take the ride.’’
Moloney also said SA trainers John and Michael Hickmott had been vital in helping his team with Moloney’s foreman Shane O’Sullivan at the Bridge with the star filly.
Moloney also is considering running Milton Park in the Adelaide Guineas.
Lady of Honour battled well on debut for the Tom Dabernig/Ben Hayes stable to finish second, while third-placed Princess Raffles earned its connections a Racing Rewards bonus of $10,000 for being the first qualified RR horse over the line.
Trainer John Moloney was delighted with Scorched Earth’s big win. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Well-supported visitor Metzarro ($3.30) faded in the run home to finish seventh, just under 10 lengths from the winner.
She had to wait until late in the day but jockey Stacey Metcalfe provided one of the highlights of the meeting with the last three winners on the program – Justica, Azzureous and Kyshaka – all at better than each-way odds.
Other talking points included the victories of the Will Clarken-trained Second Slip, promising three-year-old Outlaws Revenge and an early double to jockey Paul Gatt.
The Murray Bridge meeting also was a huge success – hosting the revamped Magic Millions SA raceday for the first time as a standalone Saturday meeting.
The day also provided connections with the chance to win Racing Rewards SA bonuses in each of the nine races.
The first qualified horse home in each race picked up $10,000 to go towards connections possibly buying horses at the 2021 Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville on Tuesday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 10.
Originally published asEarth scorches turf to race away with Millions
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