Miller Bubbles With Magic Millions Confidence

5
Feb

Elite trainer of juveniles Simon Miller will launch a strong two-pronged attack on the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday.

Miller has accepted with both Venetian Jewel and Niccovi in a bid to win the $250,000 feature race for a third time since its inception in 1999.

Venetian Jewel, a daughter of Snippetson, is on the quick back-up after she ran a brave second to smart filly Amarillo Rose on Saturday.

Despite being planted wide in running, Venetian Jewel lost no admirers when she ran through the line strongly at her first start, losing by a head.

Niccovi ran fifth to Amarillo Rose when on debut at Belmont last October. The bay filly warmed up for her return with a top trial victory.

Miller, who won the race previously with Valour Road (2018) and Darlington Abbey (2012), said Niccovi was the pick of his two runners.

“She is definitely a good filly,” Miller told The Races WA.

“She is going to be very hard to beat.

“She lost on debut because of trainer error.

“I shouldn’t have raced her after she had a fast trial.

“I’m setting Venetian Jewel a task, but she deserves a chance.

“I will give her all week to see how she goes.

“If she is like today (Monday) on Friday she will race.”

Miller is confident he has another good batch of two-year-olds and will unveil a few more in the next few weeks, including Amelia’s On Fire.

The Sizzling filly will debut at Ascot Saturday week after she destroyed her opposition by nearly ten lengths in a Belmont trial on Monday.

Ridden by Ben Patterson, she ran1.01.87sec. for the 1000m, the second quickest of the day.

“She won with a handbrake on,” Miller said.

“We knew she was that good.

“She will go around Saturday week.

“I think my batch of two-year-olds are as good if not better than last year.”

Shaun McGruddy has been booked to ride Venetian Jewel. Pat Carbery combines again with Niccovi.

A field of nine have accepted for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The barrier draw will conducted at a function in the city Tuesday evening.

Miller will also saddle Sophie’s Song and Free Mover in the Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m).

He says the David Harrison-trained Chix Pic, Samizdat, prepared by Chris Gangemi and Paul Jordan’s Fire And Rain, will be hard to beat.

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au