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A prizemoney shortfall and wide barrier has trainer Kelly Schweida walking a tightrope to make the Magic Millions Classic field with talented filly Miss Hipstar.
Miss Hipstar drew barrier 10 in the Aquis Gold Pearl over 1100 metres at the Gold Coast on Saturday and needs a prizemoney boost to be certain of making the field for next week’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Currently, Miss Hipstar is just in the Magic Millions Classic field in 15th place with $59,500 after her two unbeaten runs at Doomben and Ipswich.
Schweida had no alternative to start the daughter of Vinery Stud’s freshman sire Star Turn if he wants to be certain of Magic Millions qualification.
“At the moment she’s in the field and she’ll pick up another $1,875 if she just runs 10th,” Schweida said.
“We’ve slipped down a few in the order lately so she might need to get more prizemoney to be certain as you don’t know what might pop up from the south.
“Unfortunately, she’s drawn poorly and it’s not a good start for horses drawn wide.”
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Miss Hipstar was a $150,000 buy as a yearling and led all the way to win by one-and-a-half lengths on debut over 1110 metres at Doomben in November.
She subsequently won by a bigger space over 800 metres at Ipswich on December 24.
Schweida said Miss Hipstar was a strong filly and was confident she will cope with a quick seven-day back up if she starts in the Magic Millions Classic.
Six horses - Real Surreal (2013), Le Chef (2015), Houtzen (2016), Capitalist (2017), Sunlight (2018), Exhilarates (2019) - have won the Magic Millions Classic on a seven-day back-up.
“She’s a strong filly so backing-up shouldn’t be a problem but you never know until you try them,” Schweida said.
“There’s a forecast for some rain and her breeding suggests she’ll handle it but she’s a big unit.”
Schweida is also hopeful Headlander can sneak into the Magic Millions Classic by winning the Aquis Gold Nugget over 1100 metres.
Headlander is a son of Better Than Ready and was a $60,000 buy from the Vinery draft.
“He’s going from winning a maiden last start to meeting some quality young horses,” Schweida said.
“He'll run well but he has to win to get into the Magic Millions.”
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