Ipswich Winner Hills To Chase Millions

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Well-bred filly is set to race three weeks in a row in a quest for the after making an impressive debut at .

Hills was a little tardy at the start but finished too well to win a over 1050m on Friday.

It may have been a low-key provincial meeting but the race included two other horses, Champagne Jet and Pocket Pistol, who are also chasing starts in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the on January 12.

Champagne Jet and Pocket Pistol finished third and fourth respectively at Ipswich and are close to making the Millions field.

Hills is a $310,00 buy by and her dam Hoist is closely related to champion stayer .

She picked up $11,000 with the Ipswich win but would need to win or run second in Saturday week's $100,000 Clan O'Sullivan Handicap at the Gold Coast to make the Classic field.

“At this stage she will run at the Gold Coast and if she runs well on to the Millions Classic,” McEvoy said.

“But it is up to her. If she tells me she has had enough I will obviously scrap those plans. But if you buy Millions horses obviously you have to give them every chance to make the field.”

McEvoy said he had got behind with Hills after she missed the start in an barrier trial.

“She is up here and I like her. She didn't get it totally right today but she is getting there,” he said.

McEvoy has the highly favoured Just Zerene chasing a Magic Millions start when she makes her debut in the B J McLachlan Plate at on Saturday.

The trainer, who operates stables in and South Australia, won the 2018 Classic with Sunlight.

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