Ascot winner Firing for MM Trophy

Trainer Paul Jordan thought Fire And Rain could win the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic until the Oratorio colt was sidelined with a leg injury.

Fast-forward twelve months and Jordan is quietly confident of winning this year’s Magic Millions 3YO Trophy after Fire And Rain put his rivals to the sword at Ascot on Saturday.

“It was a small field today and Jade (McNaught) let him run along mid-race,” Jordan said. “The Magic Millions is the plan again. He needed a knee operation this time last year and now he needs gelding.”

The $150,000 Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy is scheduled for Pinjarra on Saturday, February 9.

Bred and sold for just $15,000 out of the Yarradale consignment to the 2017 Perth Magic Millions, he has won 5 times in 12 starts for prizemoney of $387,750 topped up by Westspeed bonuses of $175,000.

Raced by Harvey Crossman’s Lima Syndicate, he’s a son of Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio from Ascot winner Girl In A Storm (Metal Storm).

Fire And Rain (pictured) led home a Yarradale trifecta in the Amelia Park Lamb Hcp (1000m). Runner-up Smart Fox is a son of Yarradale sire Gingerbread Man and third-placed Metro Boy (City Place) was a $32,000 Yarradale graduate from the 2017 Magic Millions.

Saturday’s win also continued the winning run for Oratorio. His Perth flyer Misty Metal returns for another Listed sprint next weekend in the Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Her 3yo sister Minika is also trained by Robert and Todd Harvey at Ascot and she races at her home track for the first time this Wednesday following a brilliant Bunbury maiden victory on January 16.