Pulsator hot tip for Millions win
SYDNEY ? The Gai Waterhouse-trained Pulsator has assumed favouritism for Saturday's Magic Millions ahead of tomorrow's final acceptances and barrier draw.
Wonderful World has been withdrawn from markets after days of frustration for the Bart Cummings camp over air transport.
Duncan Ramage, racing manager for owner Dato Tan Chin Nam, said it would take an overnight miracle for the colt to go to the Gold Coast. "The final acceptance fee of $13,500 is due by nine o'clock and unless we hear something before then, he won't be going,'' Ramage said. "It's a shame because it looked like a nice race for him.''
Wonderful World has won his only two starts, the latest at Randwick on Saturday, which elevated him into the Magic Millions field.
Cummings said he would not subject the two-year-old to an arduous float trip in the heat of summer just days before the race and had arranged a plane flight last week in anticipation of Wonderful World forcing his way into the field. But that plane was subsequent- ly grounded with mechanical problems and no suitable alternative has been found. Wonderful World is now likely to be set for the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne on February 25. Cummings will still be represented in the Magic Millions by Assertive, who is $5.50 third favourite with TAB Sportsbet behind Pulsator ($4.25) and the Da- vid Hayes-trained, Churchill Downs ($5). Col Tidy's Betchoice.com had Churchill Downs and Pulsator both at $4.50 yesterday afternoon with the latter a bad result. "Depending on the barrier draw, Churchill Downs could well be favourite,'' Tidy's form analyst Mark Morrissey said. "But Pulsator is a nasty result for us.