Bjorn Baker’s consistent filly Egyptian Symbol has opened favourite to return to the winners’ stall when she has her Magic Millions lead-up at the Gold Coast in Saturday’s Vo Rogue Plate 2015 in Queensland.
Prepared in Sydney the three-year-old daughter of Stratum is the top fancy in a capacity field for the $150,000 Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) on Boxing Day, the race attracted 16 starters plus four emergencies.
Drawn wide in gate 13 with Glyn Schofield booked for the ride, she has won three of her four starts to date and pays $3.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on the race on Saturday – to overcome the alley and return to winning form.
She suffered her first loss last Thursday when runner-up in the Wyong Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Stakes and is also the shortest priced of the Vo Rogue Plate hopefuls in futures betting for January 9’s $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) back at the Gold Coast.
There are five other single figure hopes in the Vo Rogue Plate field and betting markets this Queensland Summer Racing Carnival including $8 hopes Shotacross The Bow and Sold For Song.
Also 2016 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas bound next month, David Murphy’s Rothesay gelding Shotacross The Bow enjoyed his third win from seven career runs on December 6 at the Sunshine Coast and is drawn ideally in gate four this weekend.
Sold For Song is more lightly raced, the Kevin Kemp-trained filly hailing from Toowoomba and having her fourth start on Saturday.
Drawn wider in barrier 11 with apprentice James Orman continuing his association with the Collate filly, Sold For Song enjoyed her second win on December 12 at Doomben taking out the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) in black-type company.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 to win the Magic Millions lead-up for three-year-olds is Robert Heathcote’s Gold Edition Plate third placed Mossman gelding Privlaka ($9) and Madotti ($9).
Jumping from barrier two with Tye Angland booked for the ride, the Falvelon filly is one of three hopes in Saturday’s clash for Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn.
She comes off back-to-back thirds at Doomben including her nice effort on November 23 when beaten under a length be Secret Saga.
Madotti has had three previous runs at the Gold Coast track including her brave fourth when beaten under two lengths by Le Chef, a $26 shot to break a year-long winning drought in the Vo Rogue, in last season’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Dunn’s other two chances are both also in good form ahead of the Group 3 Boxing Day test with Dram Of Red ($12) and Perfect Dare ($12) livewire chances.
Red Element gelding Dram Of Red has a nasty barrier (17) to overcome, but has winning form over Sold For Song at Doomben from last month.
Perfect Dare meanwhile gets the rails run from barrier one on the back of two second place efforts in Sydney, Saturday her first look at further than 1200m.
Other top hopes in the mix include the local Toby Edmonds-trained Always Sacred ($12) coming off a 1200m win at the track by a nice margin on December 12 and Gai Waterhouse’s Sydney-trained Snitzel filly Sweet Redemption ($12).
See below for the full Vo Rogue Plate 2015 field, barrier draw, jockeys and current odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – the only bookie offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the Gold Coast Race 8 on Saturday!