White pays Mundi Gully tribute

RACING: Marlborough grazier Ron White has paid his boom juvenile Mundi Gully a mighty compliment by rating him “ahead of Bamako at this stage” when commenting on plans for the youngster directed towards the $2 million Magic Millions (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 9.

Mundi Gully (br g 2, Shamardal (USA) - Jackie (Last Tycoon), is currently having an easy time after a captious and embarrassingly easy win of the Breeders Plate (1000m) at Yeppoon on October 27.

At his only prior run, Mundi Gully displayed his quality when a length second to Adebisi in what was formerly known as the Meynink Stakes (1000m), the first juvenile race for the season at Eagle Farm on October 10.

White and wife Bev, herself a keen judge of horseflesh, paid $32,500 for Mundi Gully at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast earlier this year.

Eighteen racing seasons ago, the couple’s Anchor In-Flaming Hope youngster named Bamako took Rockhampton racing by storm when undefeated as a two-year-old winning five straight between October 26, 1991 and April 11, 1992, including a Class 4 Handicap, which at the time was unheard of for a youngster.

Bamako went on to win 15 of his 30 starts (13 under Wally Welburn) including the 1993 Rockhampton Newmarket and a Country Cup and a 2MW Handicap in Brisbane.

“I think this fellow (Mundi Gully) is probably ahead of Bamako at this stage. He came home and ate like a pig and has bucked and played since winning at Yeppoon. He will be set now for the Magic Millions race at Mackay next month and then the BJ McLachlan Stakes in Brisbane on Boxing Day. Then the big Magic Millions”, Ron White said.

The $100,000 Mackay Magic Millions (1050m) is run on Tuesday, December 8.

The Emerald Jockey Club (EJC) has a strong five race card with horses converging from a wide cross section of Western Queensland.

Racing in the Central Highlands continues at Clermont on November 28 while the EJC will stage its Christmas meeting on December 12.

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