By Glenn Davis
Master trainer Chris Waller’s decision to drop in grade with former Kiwi Polly Grey and Nudge could reap a $300,000 windfall in the Magic Millions National Classic at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Polly Grey will clash with her stablemate Nudge in the 1600-metre weight-for-age feature for fillies and mares.
The National Classic, also known as the Queensland Sapphire Stakes, is one of three new fillies and mares races on the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival programme, along with last month's Group 3 Pam O'Neill and the Tattersall's Gold Crown at Eagle Farm on June 26.
The National Classic carries prizemoney of $500,00 with a $300,000 purse to the winner.
Polly Grey – a Nash Rawiller mount – drew barrier eight while Nudge (Kerrin McEvoy) will jump from gate 10.
Waller’s Gold Coast stable foreman Brett Killion finds it hard to separate the pair but has a slight leaning to Nudge, who is coming off a brilliant win in the Pam O’Neill over 1600 metres.
“It’s hard to separate them and my only concern with Polly Grey is she’s dropping back in distance to 1600 metres,” Killion said.
“Nudge has been racing well and it was a strong win in the Pam O’Neill.
“She’s drawn a bit wide but it won’t worry her as she gets back in her races.
“It was a long time between wins for Nudge when she won the Pam O’Neill but sometimes they can follow up with another win fairly quickly.”