Colts from the Trent Busuttin and Chris Waller stables go head-to-head for a Magic Millions berth at Eagle Farm on Saturday

Victorian trainer Trent Busuttin is cursing himself for not racing Gleneagles a week earlier as he prepares to tangle with Chris Waller’s unbeaten colt Ranch Hand on Saturday with a Gold Coast Magic Millions spot up for grabs.

Both Gleneagles, the Wyong Magic Millions runner-up, and Ranch Hand, a dominant three-length Warwick Farm winner, need to win Saturday’s Magic Millions QTIS Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm to assure themselves of a Magic Millions 2YO Classic berth next month.

Running second on Saturday would be enough to push Gleneagles marginally inside the current Magic Millions field but he could easily then be elbowed out with a pair of two-year-old races on the Gold Coast the following Saturday.

Busuttin had initially been leaning towards running Gleneagles, who on debut chased home dominant Wyong winner She’s All Class, in the Group 3 Bruce McLachlan Stakes at Eagle Farm on Boxing Day.

The aptly named She's All Class ran them into the ground under @mcacajamez for @cwallerracing in the @mmsnippets @WyongRaceClub 2YO 😱

Now he wishes he had, because he feels sure Gleaneagles would have finished in the top three in the $250,000 race and that would have been enough to qualify for next month‘s Magic Millions.

He also didn’t realise he would be up against Ranch Hand, the $1.55 favourite on Saturday, as the Waller colt had also nominated to run at Sydney’s Kensington track on Saturday.

But Ranch Hand drew wide in Sydney and secured barrier four in Brisbane.

Ranch Hand kicks clear on debut under @mcacajamez for an impressive win at Warwick Farm @cwallerracing

Adding to Busuttin’s frustration is the fact Gleneagles has drawn the widest barrier in Saturday’s 1200m Eagle Farm sprint.

“We were going to run last week but I wanted to do the right thing by the horse and give him an extra week from his Wyong run, but in retrospect if we had have run last week I’m sure we would have run in the top three (and qualified for Magic Millions),” Busuttin said.

“Then I thought in all likelihood, Ranch Hand was going to be staying in Sydney this Saturday.

“Our barrier was a bit of a disaster and then I scrolled down and saw Waller’s horse had drawn wide on the Kensington track, so I figured it would be coming to Brisbane.”

While Busuttin, who co-trains with Natalie Young, has high respect for Ranch Hand he is certainly not conceding defeat on Saturday.

Gleneagles is $5.50 on Ladbrokes and Busuttin says the colt has improved since making his debut at Wyong and will make his presence felt on Saturday.

“Our horse has improved big-time off that Wyong run and we will find out whether we are good enough on Saturday,” Busuttin said.

“We have drawn wide and that’s not ideal but I had a look at things last night and for a two-year-old race there doesn’t appear to be mad speed.

“Luke Currie will just ride our colt as he jumps and you would think he could get across into a decent spot.

“If he can’t run in the first two on Saturday then he doesn’t deserve to be in the Magic Millions anyway.

“If we happen to run second we will then be sweating on things to see if we get a (Magic Millions) spot.”

Trent Busuttin. Pic: Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

In Ladbrokes market for the $2million Magic Millions on January 16, Ranch Hand is a $12 chance and Gleneagles is $21.

Busuttin and Young will also make a last-ditch attempt to qualify Rambeau for the Magic Millions when the colt races on Saturday week at the Gold Coast.

Rambeau was last seen finishing fourth behind Alpine Edge in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Eagle Farm on December 12.

Originally published asDesperate race for a Magic Millions ticket at Eagle Farm Saturday

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