Wet weather won’t stop Magic Millions Ballarat 2YO Classic’s Pure Paradise
Ballarat will be anything but Pure Paradise with its wet and wild forecast on Saturday unless trainer Lloyd Kennewell and jockey Zac Spain win the $250,000 (1000m) Magic Millions Ballarat 2YO Classic.
The two-year-old Capitalist filly impressed last month on her debut behind potential rising star King’s Gambit, who was firmly established as a Golden Slipper favorite after Caulfield’s five-length antics.
Pure Paradise has since won a jumpout to prepare for Ballarat’s Gold Coast Magic Millions qualifier.
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Seven of the 13 babies entered in the 1000m test boast wet form, but only two, Pure Paradise, an equal third favorite at $8.50 with TAB and the underdog at $41 Sandual, placed in wet form. mild conditions under race day pressure.
“I don’t think a heavy track will cause him any problems,” Spain said.
“She’s a pretty smart, very active filly and I think having that race under her belt against some of the ones that haven’t raced is definitely an advantage.”
Ethan Brown rode Pure Paradise on his Caulfield debut last month. Image: Race Photos via Getty Images
Pure Paradise stayed in slow motion past a colt pushed into Cranbourne’s jump and shaded him on the line with a big gap at third.
The capitalist filly, bought for $260,000 at Gold Coast last January, came out last in a field of six horses to finish second in the Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield.
Spain hopped on Pure Paradise either side of his debut, which he missed through suspension.
“I find she’s best when she’s sitting on something and has something to chase,” Spain said.
“She can really attack the line, she drew well (barrier four), she can have a nice smooth run behind them and hopefully she can show that good turn of foot that we know she has.”
Sassy Boom is a $3.70 favorite for the Ballarat 2YO Classic from Malaboom ($6), Sunsource ($8.50), and Pure Paradise.
Gitalong ($9) and Capulet ($9.50) are the only other single-digit runners.
Zac Spain won aboard Direct last start at The Valley. Image: Race Photos via Getty Images
Spain are lucky that the bulk of their races on Saturday, including Ocean’s Jen in the first race and the Kennewell-trained sprinter Direct in the MM 3yr/4yr, won on wet ground.
“I have some nice rides that support tough conditions, so the weather, if it comes, I’m not too stressed out,” Spain said.
“Since he (Direct) was neutered, he showed his true colors and did what we knew he could do. I can’t wait to ride him.”
Direct is the $4 favorite.