Trainer Dan Morton can't split his three contenders for tomorrow's $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) at Ascot, despite bookmakers clearly rating Camporella his best chance.
Morton will chase a breakthrough win in the rich feature with Camporella, Moet Me and Isola Blu after placings with Nediyms Ruler (2010), Oroya Gold (2006) and Scenic Shot (2005).
Camporella bounded into calculations for the classic when she resumed with a brilliant 1 3/4-length win over Isola Blu at Ascot last Wednesday week.
Player yesterday installed Camporella the third pick at $5, behind impressive pair Princess Hallowell ($3.20) and Petrol Power ($4.60).
Moet Me, an impressive winner on debut last November, is an $11 chance and Isola Blu, placed at her two starts, is at $15.
Morton has a good opinion of Isola Blu and said Moet Me had done nothing wrong with a win and second from his two starts.
Morton hopes Camporella, who he bought for $140,000 at last year's MM Gold Coast yearling sale, can overcome her outside gate.
"It will be awkward for her out there but a couple of the fancies (Princess Hallowell and Petrol Power) are out wide too, so it will be interesting," Morton said.
"I won't pre-empt anything with Jarrad (Noske). I'll leave the riding up to him.
"Moet Me has drawn a good gate (three). We don't want to waste it, so he'll be up there and he'll be in it for a long way.
"I like Isola Blu a lot. She slipped at the start of her last race and should have finished closer to Camporella.
"I don't see a lot between my three. I'm hoping what they've got can match the two fancies."
Campbell McCallum is booked to ride Moet Me and Shaun O'Donnell will partner Isola Blu, who has drawn barrier eight.
Vampi Lass, a $9.50 chance, will wear blinkers for the first time in the classic.
The Bletchley Park filly, who ran second to Lenience on debut last month, relished the addition of blinkers when winning a trial by 3 1/4 lengths at Pinjarra last Tuesday week.
"The blinkers should sharpen her up a bit and she raced more genuinely with them on in the trial," trainer Ben Pearce said.
·Group 1-winning hoops Michelle Payne and Michael Walker and fellow jockey Anthony Darmanin have been called to front stewards over alleged betting activities.
The three will be questioned over bets placed on local and international thoroughbred races. None of them rode in the races in question.
·Star greyhound Miata chases her second Group 1 in a week when she attempts to land successive wins in tomorrow night's $175,000 Zoom Top (715m) at The Meadows."I don't see a lot between my three. I'm hoping what they've got can match the two fancies.""Trainer *Dan Morton *
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