Coast racing icons combine for crack at Magic Millions glory


HORSE RACING: Two names synonymous with Sunshine Coast racing are preparing to pair up for a crack at Magic Millions riches on offer on the glitter strip this Saturday.

Veteran jockey Damian Browne will saddle up aboard Boomsara, listed as second-favourite ($4.20) for Saturday’s Magic Millions 3yo Guineas.

Boomsara, a three-year-old gelding which was won more than $360,000 in prizemoney, won two of its first three starts.

Browne was on board about 10 days ago when it won its first stakes race, taking out the 1350m Group 3 Vo Rogue Stakes at Doomben.

The win would have buoyed the hopes of Boomsara trainer Chris Munce, ahead of Saturday’s 1400m Guineas race amidst the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast carnival.

Racing.com listed Munce’s record as 38 Group 1 wins, including the 1998 Melbourne Cup.

Jockey Damian Browne returns to scales after riding Hallelujah Boy to victory in race 5, the Class 3 Plate, during Cascade Race Day at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Jockey Damian Browne returns to scales after riding Hallelujah Boy to victory in race 5, the Class 3 Plate, during Cascade Race Day at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY ALBERT PEREZ

Munce won almost every major race in Australia and among his plethora of wins were multiple Caloundra Cups.

Browne said he had two more race meets to get through before the weekend, but excitement was building ahead of “another big race day”.

He said he’d had a long association with Munce and said the trainer knew how to read a race.

2014 Caloundra Cup winning jockey, Chris Munce, receives the trophy at the Caloundra Cup race meeting at Corbould Park. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily

2014 Caloundra Cup winning jockey, Chris Munce, receives the trophy at the Caloundra Cup race meeting at Corbould Park. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

“He knows obviously having ridden for so long, how quickly things can change in races,” Browne said.

“He can read a race pretty well.”

Fellow Coast jockey Luke Tarrant will line up against Browne in the Guineas on Saturday.

Tarrant has secured a ride on Kevin Kemp-trained Plumaro ($31 chance).


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