Assail is the new Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite after recording a dominant victory in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) on Thursday.
After the win Conners described Assail as "a better horse” than Mirror Mirror, who he trained to win the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2006 before winning jockey Peter Robl declared Assail will repeat the dose at the Gold Coast in the $2 million feature on January 12.
"She’ll go up there and I reckon she’ll put paid to them as well,” Robl told Sky Racing World.
Assail jumped from the outside barrier and Conners said it was Robl’s belief in the filly that swayed the trainer to run from barrier 12.
"Peter said run her she’ll still win,” he said.
After beginning quickly, Assail was carted across the face of the field By Always Tomorrow, who took up the running with Assail camping outside the lead.
With 600 metres to run Assail rolled to the front and from there her margin extended till she started to tire over the later stages but the damage had been done and she scored a comprehensive victory.
"That was a blistering win,” Robl said. "She drew 12 of 12. She showed blistering speed from the start, wanted to over race in the middle stages then straightened up and just put paid to them.
"She’s a very exciting filly. Did it at both ends today, she’s run good time doing it and she’ll improve off the run.”
Assail ($5.50) defeated the Matthew Smith-trained Frill Seeking ($20) by three lengths with Dream Forward ($17) from the Darren Smith stable winding up third, three-quarters of a length further back.
The favoured runners, Certitude ($3.50) and Dothraki ($3.10 fav) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Assail’s win saw TAB.com.au cut her Magic Millions 2YO Classic quote cut from $14 to favouritism at $4.50 ahead of the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained Clevadude at $8.