Mundi Gully poised for next step
EXCITING Rockhampton colt Mundi Gully is the fourth highest qualifier for the $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) to be run on the Gold Coast on Saturday, January 9. The Julie Green trained Sharmadal (USA) colt has won stakes of $86,200.
This places him fourth on the MM list behind Gai Waterhouse’s Brightexpectations ($136,750); Gillian Heinrich’s Military Rose ($96,000) and Robert Bradshaw’s Tough Luck ($90,500).
Mundi Gully was impressive in winning his last start – the $100,000 Mackay Magic Millions Plate (1050m) on December 8 when he decisively accounted for Tough Luck.
That win at his first start since the Breeders Plate success at Yeppoon on October 27, proved beyond any doubt that Mundi Gully is a genuine prospect in the Gold Coast extravaganza.
Mundi Gully has thrived since the Mackay win which stable foreman Graham Green said would improve the colt fitness wise.
Now Mundi Gully is poised to take the next step towards the Magic Millions by contesting the $150,000 Racetree B J McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 26.
Rockhampton jockey Dennis Whitmore, who has been on Mundi Gully since the colt’s early education, has been assured of the Brisbane and Magic Millions rides.
Mundi Gully is a dream horse for Marlborough graziers Ron and Bev White who annually have been grand supporters of Magic Millions Yearling Sales on the Gold Coast.
The couple chose Mundi Gully through their own instinct and purchased him for $32,500 at last January’s MM Yearling Sale.
Today, Rytarga a Conatus gelding who they race with Maureen Olive, is favoured to win a $30,000 QTIS 600 bonus 2YO Maiden (1100m) at the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s TAB meeting at Callaghan Park.
Rytarga, purchased for a mere $5000 at the QTIS 600 MM Gold Coast Sale last March, has already proven a bargain by earning $12,000 from his two seconds on the sand at Callaghan Park.
He rattled home from an impossible early position at his last start over 1000 metres for second, so over an extra 150 metres of today’s trip, Rytarga does look suited.
Jockey Adrian Coome, suspended for careless riding at Emerald last Saturday has appealed the stewards’ finding and been granted a stay of proceedings.