Chris Waller got the Magic Millions double-double with Tumultuous and Invincibella at the Gold Coast on Saturday, but the future for the pair couldn’t be more different.
Tumultuous, a stayer with a sense of timing, has twice hit the million-dollar jackpot in the Magic Millions Trophy, while the classy Invincibella has group1 goals after twice taking the fillies and mares race on the Gold Coast.
Jockey Robbie Fradd rides Tumultuous to win the Magic Millions Trophy.Credit:AAP
She had won group2 races in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane since her last million-dollar success at the Coast and Waller will look to get her to next level.
“She is sort of mare that we could find the right group1 for this year,” he said. “She hasn’t really had a break since the spring, so we might do that and look to race like the Tatt’s Tiara. On this day if have a bit of class and get a ride like that you are pretty hard to beat. Hugh [Bowman] just got her in the right position and she is good enough to take advantage of it.”
Invincibella had to run down favourite Manicure, which had made play at her own tempo, but got her inside the final 100m to win by long neck with Magic Alibi 1 lengths away in third.
Bowman said he could sense the speed wasn’t quick and just wanted to be close enough the turn to give Invincibella a target in the straight.
“The pace was too slow. Really the favourite had things its own way,” Bowman said. “I was just lucky I was able to find her back at the corner. For this mare, it’s a perfect distance for her. She is not at her best at 1200 and 1400 is a bit far to see her at her best.”
Earlier, Tumultuous got the ride of the day from Robbie Fraad, who struck to the rail to drive through and beat Goodfella with stablemate Black On Gold closing into third. For part-owner Noel Greenhalgh, who has won group1 races with Amicus and Unforgotten, Tumultuous has become his richest prizemoney earner.
“It is amazing that he has won two races that make him a millionaire. He has earned almost $1.5 million,” Greenhalgh said. “That is the great thing about this day if you have the right horse with the right trainer, you can get lucky.
“It was a great ride, he didn’t go around a horse. Last year I didn’t think he won, this year didn’t think he could on the turn but he loves Magic Millions day.”
Fraad gave Tumultuous the softest of runs from barrier one, sitting three back on the fence and just had to wait the runs to come to him. He drove up behind Goodfella, which rolled off the fence under pressure, presenting the run.
“I didn’t have many options, so just stayed there and it worked out,” he said.
The double means Waller now boasts the second most winners in Magic Millions races and he has been active all week in the sale ring.
‘‘What more do you say? This is a big payday for our owners,’’ Waller said. ‘‘It’s a great day’s racing with big prizemoney and great for the racing participants.
“It’s good to go home with these two horses winning again.
“Tumultuous has done all his prep work up here and he just seems to peak for this day.”
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