Jockey Luke Currie chasing a third Magic Millions 2YO Classic win on Ghostwriter
It’s little wonder why Sydney trainer Annabel Neasham turned to Melbourne jockey Luke Currie to pilot Ghostwriter in Saturday’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast.
Currie has won the $2 million event twice from three rides.
Currie won the two-year-old showpiece on the brilliant Sunlight before riding Away Game to victory for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace last year.
Neasham was part of the Maher and Eustace operation before branching out to train on her own last year. The $61 chance Ghostwriter will be one of Neasham’s two runners in the race.
Ghostwriter was a strong debut winner at Doomben on October 24 but struggled when resuming from a spell in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Boxing Day.
Currie said the son of I Am Invincible was his own worst enemy in that race.
“He won all right at his first start but at his last start, he probably just got it a bit wrong and raced a but keen and just worked too hard,” Currie said.
“He’s got to improve, even off his win, to be competitive but I think, if he gets it right and has better run than he did last time, then he can run a good race.”
Jockey Luke Currie steered Sunlight to an easy win in the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast. Photo: AAP Image/Albert Perez.Source:AAP
Currie said he worked Ghostwriter at the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning. He said the colt showed signs he had learned from his first-up mistakes in the gallop.
“His work was sharp so the penny might actually be starting to drop with him,” Currie said.
Ghostwriter has drawn barrier 12 but that means little in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in which a full field of 16 inexperienced two-year-olds will charge around the tight Gold Coast circuit.
Scrimmages in the jostle for early positions are the norm in the event. Currie said keeping Ghostwriter out of trouble early would give him a chance to score a surprise win.
“Two-year-old races, they can change pretty quick because the horses are pretty inexperienced,” Currie said.
“Around the Gold Coast circuit, if one misses the start, it doesn’t take too much part and the ones drawn down on the inside are under as much pressure as the ones on the outside.
“A good tempo where I didn’t have to push and pull him around too much will suit him.”
Originally published asCurrie out to spice up Magic Millions again
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