Unbeaten colt Capitalist has won the prestigious 2-year-old classic Magic Millions race by three lengths on the Gold Coast.
In something rarely seen in gambling markets, Capitalist started at $1.40 with the next most fancied runner ‘Zeladys Night Out’ at $14. The colt dominated the race, winning with ease. He flew out of the starting gates,was restrained by senior jockey Blake Shinn and sat just off the leaders, around fourth spot, until Shinn pressed the “go” button. At that point Capitalist cruised effortlessly to the lead, clearly a class above the opposition.
Capitalist was bred on what is called an “out-cross” in breeding circles with no common ancestors in his sire and dam lines (unlike champion mare Black Caviar, a “double cross” with common ancestors on both lines). Sired by dual Todman Stakes winner Written Tycoon, the colt was a $165,000 purchase at the Magic Milllions Yearling Sales and won the listed Breeder’s Plate at Royal Randwick on debut. Jockey Shinn, who won a Melbourne Cup on Viewed and was the regular rider of Golden Slipper winner Sebring told Channel 7 that Capitalist “is up there with the best I have ridden”.
A tweet from Snowden Racing told the story.
— Snowden Racing (@SnowdenRacing1) January 9, 2016
The horse, owned by a syndicate of 10 amateur enthusiasts, is trained by Peter Snowden and his son Paul, formerly exclusive trainers for Sheik Mohammed Bin Al Maktoum’s Australian racing and breeding operation. Only horses purchased at the Magic Millions Sale are eligible to enter The Magic Millions Carnival. As Sheik Mohammed breeds his own horses, the Snowdens had not previously had a runner in the Magic Millions. – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Blake Shinn celebrating the win from Frank Al Facebook page.