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Gold Coast preview and tips: Magic Millions day, January 13

One of Queensland's biggest race meetings takes place at the Gold Coast this Saturday, with the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) heading a bumper nine-race card.

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A $250,000 maiden to kick off proceedings. Westrock and Dinnigan are both likely to push forward and assume prominent positions.

In typical Waterhouse and Bott style,  will put herself into the race early and her form suggests she can still be there at the finish. The Snitzel filly steps out third-up after consecutive runner-up efforts, including one at G3 level behind classy colt Pierata. On that form she's likely to start short odds but that seems fair enough in this field. 

Zabeel's Choice (12) won several trials before her debut last month, which resulted in a close runner-up finish over this trip at Wyong. The Snitzel filly will take improvement from her first trip to the races and she should find a handy position in running. Chris Waller-trained gelding Balearic (5) was beaten less than a length at Randwick on New Year's day and gets the services of top jockey Hugh Bowman. Earlier this prep he was beaten 0.1L by stablemate Seaway, who also won his next start. Westrock (2) can improve after finishing second on debut and he should go forward and take bad luck out of the equation. 

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Gold Coast preview and tips: Magic Millions day, January 13

One of Queensland's biggest race meetings takes place at the Gold Coast this Saturday, with the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) heading a bumper nine-race card.

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