Horse racing: Jonker gets ideal draw in Magic Millions

IDEAL DRAW: Newcastle trained colt Jonker has firmed into second favouritism in the $2 million Magic Million Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll
IDEAL DRAW: Newcastle trained colt Jonker has firmed into second favouritism in the $2 million Magic Million Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll
ALL SMILES: Doug Crich.

ALL SMILES: Doug Crich.

THE first time Newcastle trainer David Atkins rang owner Doug Crich to discuss exciting two-year-old Jonker he simply said: “kaboom”

Crich returned serve after the Spirit of Boom colt fared perfectly in the Magic Millions Classic (1200m)  barrier draw on Tuesday morning.

Unbeaten Jonker drew alley three for the $2 million sprint at the Gold Coast on Saturday and immediately shortened to $4.40 second pick in the Crownbet betting.

“David rang me and said 'kaboom' after the first gallop and that's what I'll be telling him after this [draw],” Crich said. “He actually went home and missed this [barrier draw] but everything is working out perfectly. We have an unbeaten horse, the world's best jockey [Hugh Bowman], and the perfect draw. It is what you dream of. Hopefully he can go kaboom on Saturday."

Crich bought the colt for $45,000 at the second session of the Magic Millions Sales last year, mainly because of his dam Hearts And Arrows.

“It is the Eight Carat family and I bought him on that rather than the stallion," Crich said. "Spirit Of Boom has gone fantastic and it is a great ride so far."

First-season stallion Spirit Of Boom has three runners in the Magic Millions, including $4.20 favourite EF Troop, which drew terribly in gate 18.

Tony Gollan prepares EF Troop, a winner of his only two starts, and Outback Barbie, a daughter of Spirit Of Boom that came up with barrier six.

"I was delighted to see the filly draw well because she needed a good gate and to tell you the truth the draw doesn't really worry me with EF Troop," Gollan said. "He is a go-forward horse with really good speed. I think being out there will give time to muster and hopefully he won't have to do too much work early."

Sunlight's trainer Tony McEvoy admitted his heart dropped when the filly was the second runner out and came up with gate 15.

"I was disappointed when the marble came out but as it has worked out with the speed outside her, she should get a good run," McEvoy said. "The favourite EF Troop will push forward and hopefully we can ride on his coat tails to the turn and then run over the top of him. "I think the race is the three favourites. Jonker had his luck at the barrier draw, hopefully we get ours on Saturday."

Sunlight lost favouritism because of the wide draw drifting from $3.80 to $4.50.