TICKET to Toorak is well over the odds for today’s $2 million Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast, according to his trainer Matthew Williams.
The Warrnambool-trained two-year-old colt is a $60 chance with the TAB for the 1200-metre Classic.
“I’m amazed the horse is rated a 60-1 chance,” Williams said.
“I know I’m not Peter Moody but if he was training the horse he would be rated a 20-1 hope.
“I just hope Western District punters have a small investment on him.
“We can’t forget he is the Ticket to Toorak. The horse has had an uninterrupted preparation. I can’t fault him.
“His strapper Sarah Woodhouse has done an excellent job with him while he’s been here.
“We worked him on the course proper on the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning over 1000 metres and he came home the last 600 metres. It was impressive work.”
Williams said he was pleased with the barrier draw of Ticket to Toorak after the emergencies were taken out of the race.
“We’re about in the middle,” he said.
“I’m pleased he’s got barrier nine.
“It was better drawing where we are than drawing the inside two barriers or outside.
“I reckon jockey Jamie Mott will have him well placed from the barrier and I think we’ll get a good cart into the race.
“His two career runs at Ballarat have been over 1000 metres.
“I reckon he will be better suited to the 1200 metres of today’s race.
“The distance is ideal. I reckon he’s a great each-way chance at the big odds.”
The established Warrnambool trainer said the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock principal Darren Dance paid $80,000 for Ticket to Toorak at last year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sales before syndicating shares bought by various Warrnambool people.
“I think there are about 15 people from around Warrnambool amongst the owners that have various size shares in Ticket to Toorak,” he said.
“I’m sure if we happened to run top four we would have a massive party.
“If he happened to win the race his value would skyrocket as he’s still a colt.
“I think it’s just great to get a run in the race.”
The $2 million event will be run at 4.25 pm today and is race six on an eight-race program.