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Arabian Summer’s Gold Pearl

Arabian Summer firmed from $13 into $8 for the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic following her outstanding win at the Gold Coast on Saturday, January 6.

Contesting the $150,000 Aquis Gold Pearl (1100m) for two-year-old fillies, Arabian Summer, trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy, was given a good run by jockey Harry Coffey before sprinting powerfully in the home straight to win running away by 2-1/4 lengths.

The filly will now contest the $3 million The Star Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast next Saturday (January 13) and attempt to emulate her former stablemate Sunlight which took out the 2018 running.

Sunlight took a similar path winning the Gold Pearl before taking out the Magic Millions.

Coffey had Arabian Summer perfectly placed trailing the speed early before asking her for an effort in the home straight and she dashed away.

Sent out the $2.10 favourite, the filly beat Mishani Crown ($61), with Moulin Miss ($4.20), a half-length away third.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said he wouldn’t be drawn into comparing his star fillies on ability, just yet.

“She is as tough as Sunlight,” McEvoy said. “I’m not going to say she’s in Sunlight’s grade, but she’s getting closer.

“The way she is built, she is a really compact two-year-old.

“If you have a horse that can do it, it’s an attractive model (backing up), she’s very tough this girl because she had to come up by road and she hasn’t left an oat.

“She needed a gallop, she hasn’t had a saddle on in eight days, so this will make her better.”

Coffey, whose previous trips to the Magic Millions carnival had resulted in riding in a beach race, was delighted to find himself with a ride in the Classic this year.

“My job was pretty easy today, well done to Tony & Cal for having her ready,” Coffey said.

” It always helps when you know horses well and luckily I’ve been able to be with her at every one of her starts and she’s run superbly every time.

“She is the ultimate professional, she does things right.

“She’s bumped into some pretty good horses along the journey, and it is really rewarding for her and the team, Tony and Cal, to string two in a row now.

She relaxed nicely today, quickened off a nice tempo and was strong through the line.”

In her dominant win, Arabian Summer ran a quicker time than the colts and geldings division, taken out by Spywire.

The Magic Millions market has Storm Boy favourite at $2.50 from Spywire ($6), Highness at $7, then Arabian Summer and Parkour at $8.