It’s very rare for trainer Jim Taylor to saddle up a Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) starter, but he plans on making the most of his opportunity at Pinjarra on Saturday.
Taylor has Surveillance lining up in the feature race and although he is one of the outsiders at $15, Taylor is confident the Safeguard juvenile can defy his rating.
Taylor shares optimism in Surveillance after the gelding’s cracking run at Ascot last Saturday when he ran a half-length second to Dom To Shoot on debut.
Surveillance runs into the red-hot Gemma’s Son in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, a Snippetson colt that has looked impregnable in winning his opening two races for trainer, David Harrison.
Despite drawing barrier 10 in the 14 horse field, Gemma’s Son maintains his market lead at $1.70, firming from his opening price of $1.85.
Paul Harvey, a dual winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, retains the plum ride. He won previously on Lucky Street (2015) and Jestatune (2007).
Surveillance has drawn barrier six for Jason Brown.
Taylor insists that with the benefit of race experience, Surveillance can cause an upset.
“Gemma’s Son could just blow them away, but he will be made to work from his barrier,” Taylor said.
“He looks very good and is the horse to beat, but he might not see out a strong 1200 metres.
“He deserves to be favourite, but anything can happen in two-year-old races.
“I can’t even remember if I’ve had a runner in the race previously, I don’t normally have the babies running this early.
“But I know that at the moment he (Surveillance) is jumping out of his skin and I’m very happy with him.
“Race experience is a big thing and you would think with that run under his belt it has brought him on.”
Surveillance, a graduate of Mogumber Park, is raced by an all-female syndicate. He was bought for $50,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Perth yearling sale.