By Glenn Davis
Sprint discovery Care To Think is set to chase the Sydney and Melbourne autumn carnivals following a breathtaking win in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
In a masterful ride from Jeff Lloyd, Care To Think burst from the pack after being caught three deep to down Arbeitsam by 1-1/4 lengths in the 1400-metre feature.
Snippetsland was third, a further 2-1/2 lengths away.
Bloodstock agent Neil Jenkinson bought Care To Think for only $16,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions sales but he proved hard to syndicate.
“We didn’t pay much money for him but we had some trouble with him,” Dunn said.
“A lot of people bought little shares in him and they split them up into even smaller shares.”
Dunn has a big opinion of Care To Think who stretched his winning sequence to five with his sixth win from 11 starts.
“He’s not really ready yet and is still fragile but if he pulls up okay we’ll look at the Sydney and Melbourne autumn carnivals with him,” Dunn said.
“I expected him to get further back but he jumped well. But he still did it tough after being three wide throughout.”
Dunn hasn’t ruled out a shot at the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap during the Brisbane winter carnival if he decides not to head interstate.
Meanwhile trainer Chris Waller’s decision to open a Gold Coast satellite stable in August to prepare for the Magic Millions reaped its reward when Tumultuous narrowly won the Magic Millions Trophy (2200m).
Tumultous, ridden by Brenton Avdulla, got the bob in on the line to edge out Sedanzer by a nose with Outraged, third, a short neck away.
Tumultous, a son of Fastnet Rock, was a $350,000 buy as a yearling and Waller had expectations that he might be a Derby horse as a three-year-old.
“We had early aspirations that he’d make a Derby horse but it didn’t work out that way but to win a race for $1 million is just as good,” Waller said.
“Brenton did a great job. He was drawn wide and had to go back to conserve energy and save ground.
“He got a good run and that’s what you need to win races.”
Trainer Gerald Ryan kicked off the $10 million Magic Millions day on a winning note when Problem Solver claimed the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1200m).
Problem Solver, ridden by Robbie Fradd, stormed home to down She Sees Everything by a long head.
Problem Solver, a $160,000 buy from the Yarraman Park draft, collected a $150,000 prizemoney cheque for winning for the first time in four starts.
Former Hong Kong racecaller David Raphael helped put a syndicate of 18 Asian clients together to race Problem Solver.
Racing Queensland webnews January 13