Magnufighter poised for tough battle on track
RACING: A tough field is set to grace the Sunshine Coast Guineas on Saturday, but Magnufighter is still expected to be in the thick of the action, trainer Gary Duncan says.
The three-year-old colt is relishing solid form after a last-start third-place finish in the Queensland Guineas at Doomben earlier this month.
He finished behind today's race favourite Seaway in that outing and Duncan said that wasn't the only horse expected to be a hurdle at Sunshine Coast Turf Club with the Tony Pike-trained Bostonian a tough runner to beat.
"He's (Magnufighter) doing pretty well but it's a strong race with a couple of horses that are in pretty good form for it,” Duncan said.
"They're going to be hard to beat but other than that he'll be in it up to his ears.”
Matthew McGillivray is set to be in the saddle for Magnufighter's tilt in the Guineas today and Duncan said the pair were a good match.
The two teamed up in a similarly rated heavy track in Doomben last month and finished mid-field.
"He'll get back a little bit (on Saturday) and will have to be ridden back a bit quieter but he knows the horse,” Duncan said.
"He knows him so he should be an each-way chance for sure.”
Duncan said Magnufighter wasn't a fan of heavy tracks but was more than capable of handling the conditions.