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The Starting Gate - Monday 18th December

By Ray Hickson

Terminology A Ten

Punters should take the 10 length trial win by Terminology on face value as a guide to her chances on debut in Thursday’s $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions (1100m).

That’s the take home message from co-trainer Adrian Bott as many wonder how to assess the filly after that devastating win over 900m at her second public hit-out.

Bott said the addition of blinkers in her December 8 trial really switched her on and is confident the stable has her ready to win on debut.

“She was given a good hit out and we wanted that going into the Wyong race,’’ he said.

“I want her ready to go, that’s key to her qualifying to get up to the big race on the Gold Coast.

“It was nice to see her do it well and comfortably in the trial but we try not to get too carried away by margins.’’

Make up your own mind about Terminology's 10-length Rosehill trial win

Terminology was a $300,000 purchase and Bott said she’s a strong filly and built more like a colt.

On the strength of her trial win earlier this month she was listed at $11 for the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast, alongside Wyong rival Jonker who she will vie for favouritism with.

“She impressed us the other day. Now that she’s fit we are really starting to see what she is made of,’’ Bott said.

“She’s very professional and has a great attitude to her training and always shown potential.’’

Tim Clark will rider her at Wyong, as he has done in both trials, and he’ll also partner stablemate Arbeitsam in the 3&4YO Magic Millions (1200m).

Bondi Rising

Another of Terminology’s Wyong rivals will be Breeders’ Plate runner-up Bondi and the colt will be open to plenty of improvement according to trainer Peter Snowden.

Bondi has a “little up the sleeve’’ for his major aim and that was evident when he was pressured a bit in running second in a trial at Wyong on December 4.

“He’s not fully wound up but he’s wound up enough to run well on Thursday,’’ Snowden said.

“In saying that I haven’t missed him since his trial, he’s had four gallops and is getting close to fitness.’’

Bondi is second favourite for the Magic Millions with TAB Fixed Odds and on the strength of his debut when run down by Performer at Randwick he’ll also be one of the main players in the market at Wyong.

Blake Shinn rides Bondi having last week won a reduction in his suspension on appeal. Snowden said he’s reluctant to rank his two-year-olds at this early stage but clearly has a good opinion of Bondi.

“Of everything you want to see in a two-year-old having his first start he did it all,’’ he said.

“It’s hard to tell off one run, you really need to have two or three runs before you get a guide.’’

Stablemate Legislation heads to Gosford on Tuesday for an 800m barrier trial and will likely have his final Magic Millions lead up in Brisbane.

Legislation won the Kirkham Plate on debut at Randwick back on October 21.

“There’s probably more improvement in him that most of ours so I look forward to see how he trials,’’ Snowden said.

Stars Back To Work

Everest winner Redzel is back in work for the autumn. (Pic: Steve Hart).

Still with Team Snowden and inaugural Everest winner Redzel is back at his Randwick stable being prepared for his autumn campaign which will likely see him kick off in Melbourne.

Of course the long term plan for Redzel is to defend his crown in October when the Everest is run with a $13 million prizemoney pool.

Snowden said the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) in February is pencilled in for Redzel’s return and he will be kept to weight-for-age races with the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at The Championships his Sydney goal.

“The Lightning is the logical one first-up, I think he will get too much weight in the Newmarket,’’ Snowden said.

“He might have a gap until the TJ but we’ll be careful where we run him.’’

Talented three-year-olds Pariah and Assimilate – a colt Snowden has long said will be a real autumn player – are also in the early stages of their preparations.

Smith’s Aqua Warning

Trainer Matt Smith has a decent opinion of blue blooded filly Aqua D’Ivina but he’s very cautious about her chances at Canterbury on Wednesday.

The daughter of Pierro and Aqua D’Amore has finished second in both starts, separated by eight months due to chipping a fetlock at her debut.

She was an eye-catching second on returning over 1200m at Canterbury a month ago (Punters Intel showed her last 600m was a race best 34.95) and she resurfaces in a 1250m Maiden with Smith keen to keep her fresh to avoid the second-up syndrome.

“She didn’t race for a long time and she’s definitely a filly that’s going to be better over a mile or further,’’ he said.

“I didn’t want to go two weeks later and have her turn up flat, you have to be careful when they’ve had a long break. She’s a smart filly, we just have to get out over the right trip.’’

Smith stressed that “right trip’’ is probably not the 1250m of Wednesday’s race and that is his only concern.

“I think she just travelled first-up at the 1200m. If she wins that’s good but when she goes to 1400m I expect her to win,’’ he said.

Horses to follow

Calculated (Randwick): looked to have plenty of scope for improvement in the yard. He had the winner’s back but was outsprinted early in the straight before trimming up the margin in the last 100m. He’ll be much harder to beat next time.

Mister Sea Wolf (Randwick): he’s a name to remember for the autumn. In the Villiers he was third last on the turn and some 20 lengths off the leader. Had the sting taken out of him by the speed but he kept coming to be right on their heels.

Dreaming Of Biscay (Kembla Grange): will take a heap of improvement out of his first outing. Raced in the first four and was alongside the winner on the bend. Raced very greenly and floated right out wide before knuckling down again late. Better for the experience.

All results and replays for the Villiers meeting at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

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