By Glenn Davis
The $2 million Magic Millions Classic picture will become a little clearer for trainer Toby Edmonds after his promising filly Betaima tackles the Brisbane Broncos Sizzling Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
Betaima missed a chance to qualify for the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January when she was narrowly beaten by stablemate Champagne Jet at the Sunshine Coast on November 10.
Edmonds believes a win or possibly a placing might be enough for Betaima to book a Magic Millions start but concedes anything is possible at this stage.
“There’s still six weeks to go so anything can happen,” Edmonds said.
“I wasn’t surprised when Champagne Jet beat her at Caloundra last start as they are both very good fillies.
“I’m pleased with how Betaima pulled up after the run and if she wins, she should just about qualify and maybe a placing will be enough to get her into the Magic Millions.
“It’s still a bit early and anything could jump out of the ground and knock us off in the coming weeks.”
Premier jockey Jeff Lloyd will again ride Betaima whose race experience is a big advantage.
Edmonds has heard big reports about interstate raider Eleven Eleven who is making her debut along with stablemate Regal Romance.
“I’ve heard Greg Hickman’s Eleven Eleven is very good but she’s having her first start around Doomben which is not easy,” he said.
“My filly has done well since her Caloundra defeat and she’ll be there at the finish.
“Whatever beats her will win.”
Betaima was a $62,000 buy at the Magic Millions sales and has started three times for one win and a second.
Her prizemoney haul is just over $23,000 and Edmonds is unsure what the cutoff point will be to qualify for the Magic Millions Classic.
Eleven Eleven and Regal Romance are trained at Warwick Farm by Greg Hickman.
Eleven Eleven is a son of Fastnet Rock and earned rave reviews after winning two barrier trials in Sydney while Regal Romance is a daughter of Brazen Beau and failed in both her trials at Randwick and Canterbury.
Eleven Eleven was a $230,000 buy at the Magic Mllions sales and is currently second favourite at $2.90 behind the Tony Gollan-trained Country Cocktail at $2.80 in UBET markets.
Betaima is third favourite at $5.50.
Racing Queensland webnews November 30