Jim Taylor is considering applying blinkers to Petrol Power for his showdown with explosive filly Princess Hallowell in Saturday week's $250,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) at Ascot.
Petrol Power, a $240,000 purchase at last year's Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale, came through his second public trial in dashing style yesterday, disposing of his five rivals with plenty in hand over 1000m at Belmont Park.
The son of Snitzel had sizzled for jockey Jason Brown over 400m to win in 24.63sec. at the same track a week earlier at his first appearance since winning the opening two-year-old race of the 2012-13 season over 1000m at Belmont Park on October 13.
Taylor has concerns with Petrol Power's concentration and wants the crack colt to be at his peak for the juvenile feature.
"He is a colt and he was looking about a bit in the gates," Taylor said. "Colts can easily get distracted and I think the blinkers will help him to concentrate better."
Princess Hallowell gave her breeders, Mungrup Stud, a trifecta when she romped home, beating Lenience and Wivenhoe Express to post her second straight win over 1000m at Ascot on Saturday.
Trainer Paul Jordan, who was the underbidder on Princess Hallowell, is punting on Coruscation gaining a Magic Millions start without having a run. Jordan paid $36,000 for the Oratorio colt at the Perth sale and he is unbeaten in three trials.
Coruscation yesterday showed electrifying speed out of the gates to bounce home a 1¾-length winner over 400m.
"Often you get two-year-olds go shin sore and there are a heap of scratchings," Jordan said.
"Because of his trial wins he would get preference over an unplaced horse."
Trainer Dan Morton's assault on the Magic Millions heats up with Camporella and Isola Blu facing other talented opposition in tomorrow's Perth Yearling Sale Plate (1100m).
Camporella, with $14,000, and Isola Blu ($4500) are sixth and 11th on the latest order of entry for the Magic Millions.
Jarrad Noske replaces the suspended William Pike on Campor- ella, while Shaun O'Donnell rides Isola Blu against a field of Magic Millions aspirants.
Morton's other Magic Millions challenger Moet Me, fourth on the order of entry with $39,750, was 0.77sec. faster than Petrol Power when he streaked home by 3¾ lengths in his trial yesterday.
"Moet Me drew wide when I entered him a few weeks ago and he didn't need to run," Morton said.
"He won his first start well and he's pretty professional.
"Camporella is a nice two-year-old and I would like to get the one run into her before the Magic Mill- ions. Isola Blu raced a little bit green at her debut at Ascot and she is going good.""He is a colt and he was looking about a bit ... I think the blinkers will help him to concentrate better.""Trainer *Jim Taylor *
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