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Chilean Miss ready for Magic Millions


Trainer Clinton McDonald says Chilean Miss is over her maturity issues and ready to make an impact in a campaign geared towards next month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Last autumn the three-year-old filly raced with a bone chip in her right-front fetlock but McDonald said shin-soreness had been the main reason she had been so lightly raced.

Chilean Miss will have only her fourth race start in Saturday’s Qenos Handicap (1000m) at Flemington.

She created a huge impression when she won her first start by six lengths at Mornington in January and was scratched from the Blue Diamond Stakes because of an elevated white cell count.

A week later she finished last to Whisper Bay at Caulfield and was immediately spelled.

McDonald said Chilean Miss was still a way off her best in the spring and sent her back to the paddock to give her more time mature after finishing with the tailenders over 1000 metres at Caulfield at her only run.

“She has taken a little bit of time to come together but I am happy with her now,” McDonald said.

“Last spring she came in and had one run but I just wasn’t happy with the way she was looking so I turned her out again.”

Brad Rawiller will ride Chilean Miss who, for the first time, will wear a crossover noseband and winkers on Saturday.

McDonald has entered her for both the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1400m) and the $200,000 Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Handicap (1300m) which are both on January 10.

“She has come back well and hopefully she can run well on Saturday and keep heading in that (Magic Millions) direction,” McDonald said.

He said Chilean Miss would have her Magic Millions lead-up at Caulfield on Boxing Day or at Moonee Valley the following night.

By Robert Windmill