Baker has the beast to target Magic Millions


“He has such a good attitude to everything he does, which makes you confident and he is similar in a lot of ways to Unencumbered.

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“You need to be like that to cope with racing as a two-year-old and make it to the Magic Millions.

“He has got a lot of speed, which is a big advantage. He probably won’t go as hard as he did first-up and you [will] see a very good two-year-old.”

Hinchbeast flew on debut with Bowman admitting after the race he didn’t realise how fast they were going as he ran 1.03.88 for 1100m, which was only slightly slower than the Golden Gift. Bowman hopped off Hinchbeast after the Rosehill win with a warning.

“He will be better for that and so will I,” he said. “He is a real natural two-year-old with a beautiful action and I misjudged how fast we were going.”

Baker is going to have a strong team for Magic Millions day, where he had a winning double last year. It will include Champagne Cuddles for the Sprint, Redouble looking for back-to-back wins at the meeting and Fun Fact.

“We buy a lot of horses there and it is a day that our owners want to be a part of,” Baker said. “It is exciting to have a two-year-old like Hinchbeast for the big race and I’m hoping to have a couple in the Guineas, but it might be the hardest race to get into.

“Champagne Cuddles is back getting ready for the sprint and we could have about [a] half-dozen up there.”

Baker had Edison and Let Me Pour resume at Gosford on Wednesday and both were beaten at short quotes. He had planned to have another run leading into the Magic Millions Guineas with both of them.

“They didn’t get the best of rides but they went all right,” Baker said. “We will see how they pull up and find another race for them. They probably need to get a bit more money to get a run in the Guineas.”

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Baker will continue the preparation of Grand Prix winner Fun Fact for the Magic Millions Trophy over 2000m at Rosehill on Saturday. He has the topweight of 62kg, which will drop by 2kg with Sam Clenton’s claim.

“He is getting to his sort of trip now,” Baker said. “We have plan his preparation to target Magic Millions day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he proves hard to run down on the weekend.”

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