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Kelly wants some Aldini Magic with Millions looming

January 6, 2012

A horse ranked 93rd in the latest Magic Millions Guineas order of entry will make a last ditch attempt to gain a start in the rich race at the Gold Coast this Saturday.

Aldini, a son of Magic Albert trained by David Kelly, has raced twice in the middle of last year for a win and a second, but this weekend looms as the biggest test for the handy 3yo.

On debut, he received a check at the start but recorded a strong final sectional to run second at Ipswich. He quickly avenged that defeat, recording a dominant four length victory at his second start at the Gold Coast. Notably, of the ten horses to finish behind him that day, seven have won at least one race since.

Victory in Saturday’s $100 000 Gold Coast City Council Handicap (1200m) would see him climb from 93rd to 23rd in the order, all but guaranteeing him a start in next Saturday’s $1m Magic Millions Guineas (1400m).

Kelly, a small trainer on the Gold Coast, purchased Aldini for $38 000 from the 2010 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, already well versed on his pedigree. Stable clients had bought Aldini’s dam Ebbtide as a tried horse from Guy Walter in 2004. She won three races from 10 starts for Kelly, including a courageous victory at Doomben.

The chestnut gelding meets a number of horses also looking to force their way into the Guineas, including Leealan, Divine City, High on Believing, Spinhro, Witches Wonder, Pear Tart, Jet Star Girl and Moroccan Dancer. None of this Saturday’s entries are considered a threat in the feature, with Divine City and Pear Tart the shortest in the all-in market. Both are at $51, well behind current favourites Safusa ($4.80) and Happy Hussy ($6.50).

Aldini has impressed coming from the tail of the field in both starts to date. He has drawn barrier 12, which means he will have to go back again. However, a stronger tempo is also likely to await him here, giving him every opportunity to qualify for the Magic Millions Guineas. He also receives the services of in form jockey Matthew Palmer, who has already steered two winners from limited opportunities in the new year.

Aldini is ranked a $12 fourth favourite in early markets, with the Patinack filly Pear Tart – unbeaten this preparation – the early favourite.

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