The field for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic is taking shape with Just Orm a confirmed runner and Scarlet Rain a no-show.
Both earned their way into the $2 million race with wins on Saturday with trainer Tony Gollan deciding Just Orm would back up seven days later at the Gold Coast.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse’s decision to keep Rosehill debut winner Scarlet Rain at home has freed up Tommy Berry who takes the ride on Just Orm.
Berry has won the race twice on Karuta Queen and Driefontein in 2011 and 2012.
Gollan went to the Gold Coast to inspect yearlings on Saturday night but rang his staff on Sunday morning to check on Just Orm.
“They reported everything was fine with him. He had a bit of ice on his legs but ate up well and everything is in order,” Gollan said.
“We will go ahead and accept on Monday with him. He had a good blow after winning on Saturday but not for as long as when he ran third at his first start.”
Jim Byrne will ride Just Orm’s stablemate Zelady’s Night Out who is the second elect behind dominant favourite Capitalist.
Although Capitalist is $1.70, Gollan is not conceding the race.
“Capitalist is obviously a quality horse and I have a lot of respect for his trainers Peter and Paul Snowden. But Zelady’s Night Out is right where I want her,” he said.
“Her win in the McLachlan Stakes at the Gold Coast was just what she needed – a hit out at 1200 metres and a good look at the Gold Coast track.”
“She handles wet and dry conditions and she can get out quickly from the barriers to lead or take up a position.”
Jason McLachlan, who has unbeaten Dieters ($13), is also gaining confidence about his chances.
McLachlan won the Magic Millions Classic as a co-trainer with his father Bruce in 2009 with Phelan Ready.
He also won the Magic Millions Guineas with Saluter in 2013.
“I can’t understand why Dieters is a double figure odds chance,” he said.
“He has improved since his first-up win at Doomben and continues to impress at trackwork.”
Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp has been forced to send a battle-sore Emteevee Queen to the spelling paddock, opening up another position in the field.