STAR POWER: The David Atkins-trained Jonker blitzes his rivals in the Max Lees Classic at Newcastle on December 3. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNewcastle colt Jonker has rocketed to the head of the market for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic after disposing of his rivals with ease in the lead-up at Wyong.
The David Atkins-trained two-year-old was sent out at $4 in Thursday’s $200,000 1100m-race and sat outside the leader, Adelaide visitor La Pomme De Pin ($5), until the top of the straight.
Newcastle-based jockey Aaron Bullock sent Jonker to the lead and he showed an explosive turn of foot to put 4-1/4 lengths on Skyray ($21), with Bondi ($3.70) making ground to run a close third.
Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Terminology ($3.60) was fourth after blowing the start. La Pomme De Pin finished sixth of the seven runners.
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The TAB immediately elevated Jonker to $3.50 favouritism ahead of another son of first season sire Spirit Of Boom, Ef Troop, at $4.60 for the Classic at the Gold Coast on January 13.
“He was suited by the way the race was run,” Newcastle trainer Atkins told Sky Thoroughbred Central.”The leader is a free-running horse and he [Jonker]was travelling better.
“It’s great for the owners and this horse will have no trouble with the 1200 metres at the Gold Coast.”
The victory followed Jonker’s three-length win in the inaugural Max Lees Classic (900m) at Newcastle on December 3.
Jonker, with Bullock aboard,was on debut in the $50,000race and an odds-on favourite following an impressive trial at Newcastle.
The win on Thursday was a relief for Atkins, who was unsure about racing Jonker again before theMagic Millions Classic in order to secure a start.
The Hawkes Racing-trained Wild Heart cemented his place in the $2 million Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast with his win in the Wyong race for three and four-year-olds.
Wild Heart ($6) overhauled Single Bullet ($3.90) who looked certain to win after he went past the leader Arbeitsam ($2.25 fav).
Single Bullet’s trainer Gary Portelli said the result meant the group 3winner wouldn’t make the trip to Queensland.
“He didn’t run out a solid six furlongs (1200m) so I wouldn’t take him all the way up there for 1400,” Portelli told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“I think he’s going to be a lot better horse in six months time. He’s still developing so we’ll have a little freshen-up now and contemplate a few races in the autumn.
“It’s important to get as many as you can in when they’re three. As soon as they turn four or five, especially a colt, they could be all gone.
“While he’s sound and racing well we’ll find another race for him.”
Wild Heart has firmed from $51 to $15 for the Guineas (1400m).