Quackerjack and Meryl booked their field after winning the Randwick and Doomben races on Saturday. However, this did not affect the magic million market. Meryl became the first take winner of Doomben after being clipped $26 while Quackerjack was clipped at $15. Meryl is trained by Lee Curtis at Rosehill who was quite successful in the 2016 VRC Oaks. Meryl was purchased at a price of $ 150,000 out of Magic Millions sales ring
According to Curtis, it was a mistake to start Meryl in the Gimcrack Stakes at the start of the season, but he was glad that she produced the best results on Saturday. He further said that the horse was not at the peak at Gimcrack since he had planned to start her at Wyong but had to skip the event after she developed some cough and had to undergo some treatment. This made him change the preparation.
In the yesterday’s event, Lee Curtis said that his initial plan was to let her run in Sydney but decided to come to Doomben to put the horse to some test. Meanwhile, Christian Reith had confided in Lee that the Doomben race was going to be slower, but Lee advised that the secret of winning the race was to sit behind at the start and run fast towards the end. This, Lee, believes that is what may have led to the mares good performance. He further said that Meryl would have to undergo hip improvement to help her perform even better in the coming races.
According to Reith, 1200 m was indeed a big task especially when one looks at the class of opposition, so he thanked Lee for the performance. Reith said that his objective was to give Lee an easy run. According to him, coming home is a good thing because it gives you a chance to compete with quality horses.
In the meantime, it is important to note that Meryl qualifies to share part of the $500,000 Magic Millions Racing Bonus for women because she is raced by a female. In the meantime, it is important to note that Curtis has trained some horses including the Group 1 –winning sprinter Mistegic. He also trained Private Steer. In fact, he was saddling her when she was beaten in the 2003 magic millions 3YO where she was the favorite.