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Payne wary of Chamois Road’s big weight

TAB market updates: Magic Millions

Jockey Tahlia Hope rides Chamois Road (left) to victory in race 5, the Union Rd Traders Association Handicap, during the Community Raceday at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, December 15, 2018. (AAP Image/Hamish Blair) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLYSource:AAP

PATRICK Payne is concerned the handicapper might have finally caught up with his tough galloper Chamois Road when he tackles the Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.

“He’s in great order but he’s got 60 kilos and he’s starting to give weight to some handy horses,” Payne said. “He’s not a brilliant horse but he’s tough and he’ll run well but whether he can win again with the difference in the weights, I’m not certain. He doesn’t know how to run a bad race, though.”

Chamois Road, who has won 13 races from 44 starts, is a $9.50 chance with TAB fixed odds and will be ridden by Michael Dee in the non-claiming race.

Payne said he was eyeing the Tasmanian Summer Carnival for Chamois Road.

Payne will also be represented by another fancied runner in Invincible Al, who will contest the Paddock Bar Plate (1100m).

Chamois Road is paying for his consistency. Picture: AAP

Chamois Road is paying for his consistency. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“I think the 1100m straight is perfect for him. Circumstances have been against him in recent starts but if they run along, I think he’ll go close.”

Tahlia Hope will claim three kilos on Invincible Al, who will only carry 51kg.

Hope will also ride Payne’s other two Flemington starters — Jay Jay D’Ar and Hussy’s Glow.

Payne is on the Gold Coast where he will saddle-up two starters — Husson Eagle in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) and Zizzis in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m).

Husson Eagle won the Magic Millions Sprint two years ago and Payne is confident he’s going to go close to adding another feature today.

“I think he’s matured this time in. It was a great run last start in Sydney.”

Payne said both horses had settled in well on the Gold Coast but he had reservations whether Zizzis was good enough.


Michael Manley takes a look at the main chances.


TWITCHY FRANK (4) has returned to racing in peak form. She settled handy when successful at Caulfield last start. She’s better suited over 1400m and she has a touch of class. AMORTENTIA (6) finished on well for first-up third behind that mare. NAANTALI (3) is a winner this track and distance and looks ready to fire. FLYING KRUPT (2), who has won her past three starts, is also a must have in a quaddie. REMEMBER THE NAME (8), for the in-form O’Brien/Oliver stable, should also be included.

1st leg: 2,3,4,6,10


Shapes as the trim-up leg. ORDER OF COMMAND (7) has been perfectly placed by Danny O’Brien. He excels down the straight as shown by his two wins this time in. He’s rising in grade to an open handicap but with 54kg and Damien Oliver looks well placed. Backmarker INVINCIBLE AL (4) is bursting to win a race and if the speed goes on he will take holding out.

2nd leg: 4,7

TAB market updates: Magic Millions


Two main chances in the two gallopers who will carry minimum weight, HOLBIEN (10) and MR MONEY BAGS (13). Holbien is a winner this track and distance and ran a great race in the Standish Handicap when he finished fourth. Mr Money Bags was a strong last-start winner this track and distance. If you want to go wider, add the ever reliable CHAMOIS ROAD (1), the Gelagotis pair of ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (2) and CALL ME HANDSOME (5), Gai Waterhouse’s CABEZA DE VACA (4) and also the favourite MANOLO BLAHNIQ (12).

3rd leg: 10,13. If you want to go wider add 1,2,4,5 and 12.


Go wide in this leg down the straight. I AM SOMEONE (5) will be the one to beat after his easy win at Bendigo. The first two emergencies TBILSI (17) and ILLUMICON (18) have talent and look well placed if they can gain a start. VAINSTREAM (8), RUNSATI (12) and SIR KALAHAD (13) should also be added.

4th leg: 5,8,12,13,17,18.

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