Travel disruptions have left trainer John Sadler doubting the chances of his last start winner Usain Bowler in Saturday’s $1m Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast.
The son of So You Think is the $4.60 favourite in most markets for the 1400m event, but without a flight available from Victoria to Queensland because of horses getting bumped for freight, the four year-old has had to be floated up, a plan Sadler said is certainly less than ideal.
“It’s really unfortunate, not the perfect scenario at all,” the Caulfield trainer said on Monday night.
“If I had known that a flight wouldn’t be available I would have floated him up a week earlier.
“He’s travelled up well though to Sydney arriving at 5am this morning and will stay there for tonight and tomorrow before making the trip up to Queensland overnight.
“It’s going to be hard for him now, how can you go in confidently with these kind of circumstances,” he said.
Usain Bowler rocketed into favouritism for the Magic Millions Cup following his eye-catching last start victory at Flemington.
WATCH – Usain Bowler wins at Flemington Dec 22
But Sadler is sceptical on whether he should be so well-favoured mostly on the back of one performance.
“If he hadn’t run so well that day he’d be a 50/1 chance going into Saturday, I don’t know if I’d be having him as favourite,” he said.
But the Caulfield trainer isn’t concerned about the four year-old having to race right-handed for the first time.
“I never read too much into that at all,” he said.
“When I used to train in Dubai the horses would have to interchange running both ways all the time and we just never really thought about it as a concern.”
Darren Weir has also been plagued by freight concerns this week confirming that Yes Yes Yes and Platinum Angel won’t travel by float to the Gold Coast and will only run on Saturday if they can board a flight later this week.
Yes Yes Yes is the equal favourite in most markets for Saturday’s $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
WATCH – Yes Yes Yes wins last start at The Valley Dec 29