Lou and Dion Luciani could have up to four starters in next Saturday’s $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) after Play With Fire’s solid win at Ascot today.
Play With Fire will be set the task of backing up from today’s Westspeed Plate (1200m) in the classic in seven days.
Play With Fire ($4.80) matched strides with the $2 favourite Walkover in front before skipping clear of her rivals in the straight to beat Bradford Badboy ($5.50) by a length.
Walkover tired in the straight to finish fourth.
The Luciani stable hopes to have Play With Fire, impressive debut winner Flying Zoe, Authentic Style and Majanzo in the rich MM classic.
Authentic Style ($13) ran on for third behind Play With Fire today and Majanzo ran fourth to leading classic contender Princess Hallowell on debut last Saturday.
“It was a good ride from Jason (Brown),” Dion Luciani said.
“It was always going to be tricky from the unfavourable draw but we summed it up well following Neville Parnham’s horse (Walkover).
“She should have run near to second the other day so we went into the race with a bit of confidence.
“Hopefully we can keep her fresh enough to race again next Saturday.
“It’s not going to be easy keeping the spring in her feet for another run next Saturday, but we’ll keep the sprinklers on at the stables 24/7 and try keep her cool and see if she can run a race in the big one next week.
“We’re probably going to have four in the Magic Millions next week.
“Hopefully in there we can find the winner.”
Play With Fire jumped to fifth on the order of entry for the MM Classic. Bradford Badboy (ninth) and Authentic Style (14th) secured starts in the race with their placings today.
Majanzo (18th) is in danger of missing a start as the race for a spot in the final field of 14 heats up.
O’Hara De Belle (second) will not start in the classic.
Order of entry:
1. PRINCESS HALLOWELL $75,000 prize money
2. O'HARA DE BELLE $45,500
3. LENIENCE $42,500
4. MOET ME $39,750
5. PLAY WITH FIRE $32,900
6. PETROL POWER $32,500
7. CAMPORELLA $27,000
8. FLYING ZOE $13,000
9. BRADFORD BADBOY $10,800
10. PURIST $10,000
10. SURROUNDED $10,000
10. VAMPI LASS $10,000
13. ISOLA BLU $8,500
14. AUTHENTIC STYLE $6,500
15. MAGNUS MISSILE $4,500
15. WIVENHOE EXPRESS $4,500
17. DE JERSEY $4,000
18. MAJANZO $2,000
18. RIO SAMBA $2,000
20. MO GASUR $1,800
21. AUGUST KNIGHT $1,000
21. CHIELO ROSSA $1,000
21. I AM THE STIG $1,000
24. ISLAND PAGO $400
24. ROSSA MAK $400
24. STAR OF HUSSON $400