Trainer Clarry Conners thought about scratching Assail from Thursday’s Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m) but the filly showed brilliant speed to score a comprehensive win in the $200,000 event.
The master two-year-old trainer has won four Golden Slippers but was confident Assail could give him a second Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) win in January after Mirror Mirror won the $2 million Gold Coast event for the stable in 2006.
“I was asked the other day to compare her to Mirror Mirror that won the Magic Millions and she’s a better horse than Mirror Mirror,” Conners said.
“She’s raw this filly. She’s had two trials and two starts; she hasn’t done much at all.”
Assail won her last run in brilliant fashion at Rosehill on November 10 but barrier 12 threatened to for the trainer to change the youngster’s plans. However, Conners heeded jockey Peter Robl’s advice to send the juvenile around at Wyong.
“I was thinking of not running her today because of the wide barrier but Peter said ‘run her because she’ll still win’,” Conners said.
Robl and Assail countered the awkward draw quickly after the daughter of Charge Forward crossed the field to lead after 200 metres. Assail maintained her high speed throughout the middle stages to have her rivals under pressure rounding the home turn.
Assail flew down the short Wyong straight to score by three lengths, prompting Robl to declare he had ridden the 2013 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner.
“She’ll win the Magic Millions,” Robl said.
“Brilliant, that’s all I can say.
“She showed blistering speed to get there in the lead, she relaxed in the middle stages and then she put six lengths on them.”
Conners paid just $40,000 for Assail at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. Assail’s dam Emanday is a sister to Swettenham Stud stallion Master Of Design as well as a half-sister to South African Group 1 winner Suntagonal.
Assail is also closely related to former Australian Racehorse of the Year Typhoon Tracy as well as Group 1 winners Danasinga and Tracy’s Element.
Magic Millions will offer a sister to Assail at the 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.