Smerdon's Oak Door quandary

08 January 2018 09:56:15 EST

Trainer Robert Smerdon says he has yet to decide which Magic Millions race Oak Door will run in on Saturday afternoon.

Smerdon has until Wednesday morning to decide Oak Door's Gold Coast target, and could leave it until the last moment.

Oak Door has been entered for the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) and the Magic Millions Snippets (1200m) but Smerdon has not yet decided the four-year-old's Gold Coast assignment.

I'd probably go to the 1200m but being a Group 2 winner, he gets a 3kg penalty, which makes it a bit tricky but we might end up in the 1400m.

Robert Smerdon

The trainer said Oak Door's win in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) as a three-year-old was the sticking point because of the weight penalty the win would attract in the Magic Millions Snippets.

"I'd probably go to the 1200m but being a Group 2 winner, he gets a 3kg penalty, which makes it a bit tricky but we might end up in the 1400m," Smerdon said.

Oak Door went within a head of the perfect lead-up for the Magic Millions meeting when second to Stellar Collision when resuming in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) on Boxing Day.

"He was a bit keen in the blinkers the other day," Smerdon said of Oak Door's first-up outing. "He pulled up well after Boxing Day and I've been really happy with him since."

Smerdon was the first Victorian trainer to win at race on the Magic Millions raceday for five years when Real Time won the Magic Millions Class 6 in 2015 and will be hoping for more success this weekend.

Oak Door is 18/1 to win the Magic Millions Cup, while Care To Think is priced at 9/4 and Crack Me Up is available at 9/2.

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