By Glenn Davis
The $2 million Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast in January will be the summer target for Bring It Home Pop following his explosive win at Doomben on Saturday.
Bring It Home Pop lived up to trainer Darryl Hansen’s high expectations with a commanding three-quarters of a length win over Saint Patricks Day in the Catalina Sounds QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1050m).
Wudang Blade was third, a further 2-1/4 lengths away.
Early race favourite Whypeeo was a late scratching because of the heavy track.
Bring It Home Pop’s win gave apprentice, Zoe White, her first Saturday metropolitan win since moving from Rockhampton two months ago.
Bring It Home Pop was having his first start since winning on his home track at the Sunshine Coast in July but Hansen was always confident of a strong first-up performance.
Heavy rain during the day forced a number of late scratchings before further rain gave stewards little choice but to abandon the final four races.
“He’s one of the best horses around and his main aim is the Magic Millions Guineas,” Hansen said.
“We’ll run him in the main three-year-old races before then but I was confident he’d run well.
“My only concern was I was a bit dubious about the track but we took three kilos off with Zoe’s claim and it paid dividends.
“I’ve got no doubt he’ll run 1400 metres by the time he gets to the Magic Millions.”
The Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) will be run on January 13.
White was the champion apprentice in Rockhampton last season before moving to Brisbane to link with leading trainer Tony Gollan.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said White after landing her first Saturday city winner.
“It’s great to get down here after a bit of pushing.
“He travelled beautifully in the run and I was always confident of winning.”
Racing Queensland webnews November 18