Mundi Gully still in with a shot

RACING: Despite drawing barrier 18 in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast, the connections of Rockhampton aspirant Mundi Gully remain upbeat about the colt’s prospects.

Sixteen precocious juveniles from throughout Australia will dash for the cash of the Millions and should the five additional emergencies fail to gain a start, Mundi Gully will jump from barrier 14.

Trainer Julie Green’s stable foreman and husband Graham said from the Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast yesterday that Mundi Gully’s wide draw could be “a blessing in disguise”.

“It is actually raining here now (3.10pm) and I can tell you when the race is run as the seventh on Saturday near the rail on the track is not the place you would want to be. Spirit of Boom (13) and Brightexpectations (15) are drawn beside him (Mundi Gully) and they will go very quickly and give him a nice cart into the race”, Green said.

Mundi Gully was given a searching track hit-out at the Gold Coast last Thursday when according to Green he galloped “brilliantly”.

“He went three-quarter pace from the 1200 metres and came home 400 metres galloping. He needed that as he has actually increased in weight since being down here (Brisbane),” Green advised.

At his most recent start on Boxing Day over 1200 metres at Doomben , the boom Rocky colt looked disappointing on face value when unplaced finishing just under six lengths behind Magic Millions second favourite Military Rose ($6.50).

“He was his own worst enemy that day, but apart from the race winner he goes to the line better than anything,” Green said.

Tomorrow’s Rockhampton TAB race meeting on the new “all weather” sand track is again in jeopardy following concerns with washaways from recent heavy rainfall.

About 40mm of rain fell at Callaghan Park on Tuesday night, which caused further issues with damage originally sustained from the heavy falls over Christmas and New Year.

Commenting on trainer John Wigginton’s walking away from racing because of frustration with the Callaghan Park track reconstructions, RJC executive-manager Denis Cox wished the former premier trainer well.

“I wasn’t surprised with John’s decision as I heard from a couple of sources that he was planning to give training away.

“I admit what was intended to happen with the sand track did not turn out 100%. It is unfortunate he (Wigginton) could not have sat it out for another month as in racing terms we are in the home straight and it would have borne fruit,” Cox said.

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