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Trainer Michael Costa is keen for another shot at the summer Magic Millions carnival with talented mare Malahide.
Malahide - a Matt McGillivray mount - will have her second start this campaign in the 1100-metre Class Six Handicap at the Gold Coast on Wednesday.
The five-year-old has drawn perfectly in barrier one and is coming off a first-up fifth to Moonshine Lady when beaten less than one length over 1200 metres at Doomben on September 4.
She was balloted out of the Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba last Saturday.
“She looked the winner at one stage in her last run but gassed out and rolled back to the fence which was probably the worst part of the track,” Costa said.
“She resented being in close to the fence and a few things brought her undone.”
Malahide is still eligible for a Class Four but Costa is hopeful the daughter of Shamus Award can earn a crack at Stakes races during the summer.
“Everything lines up pretty well and I’m happy with her,” he said.
“At this stage she’ll have a short break for two or three weeks after tomorrow and get ready for some Listed races during the summer and the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares race again.”
At this stage she’ll have a short break for two or three weeks after tomorrow and get ready for some Listed races during the summer and the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares race again
Malahide finished a creditable sixth, beaten just over two lengths by Invincibella in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Rising Stars Handicap last January.
“She ran well to finish sixth after being caught wide most the trip and was beaten by Invincibella who won’t be there next January,” Costa said.
“She’s drawn a nice gate tomorrow and with a good jockey on board it all lines up pretty good for her.”
Malahide has run in some good races during her career and was Stakes-placed when second in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1200m) at Eagle Farm in June last year.
Costa has always had a good opinion of Malahide, who has started only 15 times for four wins and two seconds with prizemoney earnings of almost $235,000.
Costa also has four other acceptors, including Willo Titto in the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1800), and Hearts Lifted who is an acceptor in both the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m) and Class Three Fillies & Mares (1300m) Handicap.
“I’m not sure yet what race Hearts Lifted will run in and Willo Titto is only 50/50 of going around,” he said.
“Willo Titto has won well at her past two starts but this is her hardest run of her career and she had to carry topweight.”
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