Magic Millions 2YO champion Away Game is primed to go for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace

Co-trainer David Eustace suspects the margin between Away Game and boom Queensland filly Isotope will be closer than the market suggests.

Isotope opened $1.80 favourite with TAB to win the $200,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate on Saturday at Doomben after her last-start three-length romp at the track.

But Eustace on Friday rated iron filly Away Game, the $4 second elect, a definite winning chance despite stepping out for the first time as a three-year-old under race conditions.

The 2020 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner is looking to be the first horse to complete the auction-house double and return to win the 3YO Guineas next month.

Away Game won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“Isotope has been racing very well and obviously is a good horse and racing at home,” Eustace said. “But I thought there was probably a little bit too much between them in the market.

“I’m not a form analyst, I suppose she’s going to be treated with a little bit of caution coming back from such an arduous campaign … she is quite a nice price if someone wanted to have a bet.”

Away Game amassed nearly $2.8m in prizemoney in an incredibly consistent and lengthy first preparation, which culminated in her being runner up in the Golden Slipper and winning the Group 2 Percy Sykes.

The explosive Snitzel filly then took on the older horses in the Group 1 TAB Classic, formerly the Sangster Stakes, and ran a creditable fifth, beaten less than three lengths.

The stable opted out of a hit-and-run spring Group 1 mission to target the Magic Millions and autumn.

“A longer break I think can only be seen as an advantage for her,” Eustace said. “It will allow us to keep pushing through to the back end of the autumn with her runs spaced, we can only use it as a positive for our preparation.”

Away Game is unlikely to race again before the Gold Coast target, with Eustace signalling a trial and solid track gallops would be enough for the 1400m feature, with champion jockey Glen Boss aboard.

Away Game returns to racing in the Gold Edition Plate at Doomben. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

She trialled impressively in Sydney last month before the Brisbane trip.

“He knows her well and he’s riding with loads of confidence for us, and for anyone, but particularly for us and that really fills us with a lot of confidence,” Eustace said.

“We’re really happy with her actually, really happy with her.

“She‘s had a freshen up since planning to race in the spring, which didn’t happen, this has been the target since then and we’re looking forward to Doomben, the 1200m will be no problem. She’ll naturally improve with the run, but we think she’s good to go.”

The stable has enjoyed great success in the Sunshine State in recent years, especially in target races, striking at 53 per cent overall at Doomben with seven winners and a minor placing in 13 starters.

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have 14 runners across five tracks in three states on Saturday, with Eustace holding down the fort at Flemington and Maher at Randwick.

Travelling foreman Christine Duffy will be with Away Game and Lagerfeld at Doomben.

“We split the jockeys and the owners up really from today onwards, speak to owners Friday and Saturday morning,” Eustace said.

“Always that window between track and the races to contact everyone that we need to, speak to all the relevant staff, it’s always a busy day race day, not a lot of time for anything else.”

Originally published asGame on! Iron filly primed for Magic mission

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