TOO GOOD: Jockey Blake Shinn celebrates after riding Capitalist to victory in the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday.
TOO GOOD: Jockey Blake Shinn celebrates after riding Capitalist to victory in the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday.

Fit for Golden Slipper after Magic run

BOOKMAKERS have slashed the odds of Sydney colt Capitalist in the Golden Slipper after his dominant win in the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast.

The son of Written Tycoon justified his starting price of $1.40 by racing away from his rivals under hands and heels riding by jockey Blake Shinn, coasting home to take the $1.2 million first prize from Nikitas and Candika.

Previously an $8 chance to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19, Capitalist was shortened to $4 with most betting agencies after his hollow victory, which gave trainer Peter Snowden his first success in the race.

Snowden, who joined the late Bart Cummings as the only trainer to have won the Magic Millions Classic, Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper, said the youngster had pulled up perfectly and would have a quick freshen up before getting ready for the Slipper.

"He's a tough little bugger and he's pulled up in great order this morning," Snowden told Racing Victoria yesterday.

"He was good, very good (in the Millions) but he was a bit fresh in himself midrace, a little above himself and so there's that improvement to come.

"He's going to need that if he's going to win a Golden Slipper."

Snowden said he expected Capitalist would have one run prior to the Slipper.

"You just don't want to be second-guessing in a race like the Slipper, so I'd say he'd have a run to get him to the race cherry-ripe," the trainer said.

Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, also has high expectations for unraced colt Defcon, one of just six horses under $20 in the betting.

The son of Choisir was highly impressive winning a trial over 838m at Randwick in September, and then ran third in a 900m trial at Rosehill on January 4 on a heavy track.

The other hopefuls given a shot, according to the betting, are Astern ($9), Extreme Choice ($13), Yankee Rose ($15) and Calliope ($16).

Astern and Calliope are trained by John O'Shea for the Godolphin stable and won their only starts at Randwick last year.

Astern is a colt by Medaglia d'Oro - the same of last year's Slipper winner, Vancouver - and won on debut over 1000m at headquarters on December 5.

Calliope, a filly by Exceed And Excel, showed her credentials when she missed the kick at her only run in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on October 3 before powering home to win easily.


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