Dub gets the job done and books ticket to the Gold Coast

Star colt Dubious has kept his winning record intact and has proven his favouritism for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic after an imposing win in the Basil Nolan Jnr QTIS 2yo Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The son of Not A Single Doubt sat three wide with no cover in the run before hitting the front in the final furlong and fighting off late charger Devine Factor, making his win all the more impressive.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher credited the horse and his attitude for handling the travel and tough conditions in Brisbane and believe he will take great improvement from the run.

“He travelled wide and had to do it a little bit tough, together with the weight and he’s still got a bit of condition on because it’s three weeks until his target race,” Maher told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“He’s just got a really good way about him this horse, he’s got a great attitude, he’s very relaxed and in this heat, it definitely counts for a lot.

“We’ll get him to the beach for the next week, then get him down to the Gold Coast and give him a couple of hit-outs around there.”

The trainer also credited the team at the stable for doing a great job with the horse and provided some insight into how much travelling the colt has already done in his short career.

“We were counting how many racetracks he’s galloped at or trialled on the other day and it’s about 10 already so he’s pretty well educated and he’s just a good little horse,” Maher said.

Dubious’ regular rider and Aquis Farm stable rider, Michael Walker, also had nothing but praise for the colt.

“He’s a top-class colt and I think he showed everyone today why he’s Magic Millions favourite,” Walker said.

“I reckon he’s only going to get better and better.”

A big credit goes to Annabel Neasham who has looked after colt during his time in Sydney and travelled up to Queensland and has clearly done a brilliant job with him.