CONNECTIONS of Toowoomba two-year-old Sir Luminar have received a welcome confidence boost ahead of Saturday week's Magic Millions Classic (1200m) from leading jockey Hugh Bowman.
Trainer Michael Nolan confirmed Bowman will partner Sir Luminar in the $2 million Gold Coast feature despite the colt's unplaced effort in last Saturday's Listed McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben.
After a bold debut win at Eagle Farm two weeks earlier, Sir Luminar finished seven lengths behind winner Missy Longstocking after experiencing a tough run.
"He's been vetted and everything is fine with him," Nolan said today.
"I thought his run on Saturday was a bit below par and I was disappointed despite him having to do it a bit tough.
"But we're still heading towards the Magic Millions where Hugh Bowman has agreed to stick with him, which is a big plus for us.
"We're just hoping for a good alley now.
"If he was shin sore we would spell him, but you only get one shot at a Magic Millions so he's still on track to be there."
"He's got a bit of work ahead of him yet and has to get through next week okay but at this stage he's good."
Nolan meanwhile was waiting on the release of weights earlier today for Saturday's Fillies and Mares Quality Handicap at Clifford Park where Miss Imagica will chase a hat-trick of feature wins.
Miss Imagica is out to add to her win in the same race last New Year's Eve before claiming the Weetwood Handicap in March.
"I'm very happy with how she's going," Nolan said prior to the release of weights today.
"The handicaps will be important, especially what she has to give some of the talented horses down in the weights."
Miss Imagica received 59kg - 2kg under the maximum.
RACE WEIGHTS: Miss Imagica 59.0, Dream'n'ignite 55.5, Bang On 54.5, Angelus Belle 54.0, Around The World 54.0, Bradbury Chocolate 54.0, Felony Flight 54.0, Just A Rockstar 54.0, Our Hussey 54.0, Sea Marvista 54.0, Taimzuptina 54.0, Windel Tori 54.0.
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