CHAMPION jockey Glen Boss is among the growing fan base of Swift Witness, who continued her march up betting markets with a sweet result at the Magic Millions 2YO Classic barrier draw.
While She’s All Class drifted with odds-makers after coming up with barrier 18, Swift Witness firmed to be the new favourite with barrier 11. She will start from eight if the emergencies miss out.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained filly brings the same formline as Houtzen, Sunlight and Exhilarates, having won at the Coast seven days earlier under Boss, who became an instant fan of the filly after that win.
Boss had a prior engagement for Fake Love and relinquishes the Swift Witness ride to Sydney’s Brenton Avdulla, who was having a real time of it on the Surfers Paradise beach at the annual Magic Millions morning.
Brenton Avdulla riding high at Surfers Paradise and Glen Boss thinks the Sydney jockey might be riding high again come Magic Millions time on Saturday. Photo: Michael McInally, Magic MillionsSource:Supplied
If Boss is any judge, Avdulla might be scaling similar heights come Saturday afternoon.
“Swift Witness can win,” Boss said.
“I looked back through her trials and first run. Her first trial I thought you need blinkers, second trial you definitely need blinkers, the Wyong race you definitely need blinkers and then she’s come out with blinkers on and smashed them.
“She ran time and looked very good doing it.
“She handled herself well on the day. Pulled up very good from the run, she’s got a bit of substance.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see it win and win nicely.”
Boss will need to produce some magic on Fake Love after she came up with gate 20 (she will jump from 15), having said earlier it was a race where barriers would be vitally important given the even nature of this year’s field.
Boss has been committed to Fake Love for some time, having linked with the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable very successfully in the past few months, highlighted by Sir Dragonet’s Cox Plate.
He said he learned a lot from his ride on Fake Love at Eagle Farm, where she was collared late by Sweet Dolly.
“I’d ridden her before and I quizzed David and Ciaron about riding her quiet in a race,” Boss said.
“I didn’t get that opportunity to do it at Eagle Farm. I got trapped three wide and it all got ugly for her. To her credit she raced very well.
“Since then we have trialled her. I rode her quiet in the trial, it was only a three horse trial and they went very slow, but I wrestled her and got her out of the trial and I just love that turn of speed she’s got.”
Ladbrokes’ Tom Hackett noted the switch in fortunes for the two favourites and suggested She’s All Class could drift further from her wide marker.
“It will be interesting to see what punters do with She’s All Class. The 1200 metre start at the Gold Coast is a tricky one, but horses like Houtzen, Sunlight and Exhilarates have all won the race from wide draws in recent years,” he said.
Originally published asAvdulla’s Swift switch could be worth Millions
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