By Glenn Davis
The $2 million Magic Million Classic could be just the first target in an ambitious campaign for Gerald’s Ryan star colt Chauffeur at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The $1.6 million sales topper at last year’s Magic Million sales is a $26 chance in latest UBET markets behind $3.60 favourite From Within.
The impeccably bred Chauffeur was sired by Ryan’s former Group 1 winner Snitzel who finished third behind Bradbury’s Luck in the 2005 Magic Millions Classic.
Ryan’s long-time client Damion Flower owned Snitzel and singled out Chauffeur at last year’s sales.
He now races the colt in partnership with high profile owners including John Singleton, Neil Werrett, Nick Vass and Brad Hunt.
Her dam, Mirror Mirror was trained by Clarry Conners and won the Magic Millions in 2006.
Ryan and Flower have big plans pencilled in for Chauffeur after the Magic Millions Classic and believe the best is yet to come.
Like Snitzel, Chauffeur will be aimed at the world’s richest two-year-old race, the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill during the autumn.
If Chauffeur makes it to the Golden Slipper, Ryan is hoping he’ll have better luck than Snitzel who finished 12th to Stratum in 2005.
“Snitzel reared up in the gates and whacked his head,” Ryan said.
“Glen Boss rode him and was adamant he was concussed and should never have started.
“He still has a bump on the bridge of his nose where he whacked himself.”
Ryan believes Chauffeur has very little in common with Snitzel.
“They are two different types of horses,” he said.
“Snitzel was a flying machine out of the gates whereas Chauffeur has no early speed and likes to get back.”
Ryan is delighted with Chauffeur since the colt arrived at the Gold Coast after finishing third to From Within over 1100 metres at Canterbury on December 31.
Chauffeur underscored his ability with a brilliant but narrow win over the same distance at Rosehill on debut.
“I’m really happy with him and he’s travelled up well from Sydney,” Ryan said.
“Hopefully they’ll go quick up front but it may not turn out that way.
“He’s going to be better at 1200 metres. I always said the 1100 metres at Canterbury would be too short but it was a good run in a slowly run race and he hit the line well.
“My bloke is pretty laid back and I think he’s a big chance and is one of the forgotten runners in the race.”
Racing Queensland webnews January 12