O’Dea Set For Eagle Farm Feature Double

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Scallopini

Barrier trials are usually a good guide to first-up performances which means trainer Steve O'Dea should play a key role at .

O'Dea has resuming in Saturday's Listed (1200m) and Gotta Kiss is also first-up in the $125,000 QTIS Two-Year-Old Plate (1000m).

Both went for short breaks in great form and both have trialled well ahead of their runs.

Scallopini won a 1000m-trial at on December 10 with the most impressive aspect his final 200m.

Scallopini, a $200,000 son of champion sire Snitzel, is a Magic Millions horse and has fully recovered from a knee injury which ruled him out of the winter .

He has now won seven of his 15 starts.

“We have been looking at Magic Millions day with the Snippets or the Cup as his races but we will get past Saturday first,” O'Dea said.

Gotta Kiss won her first start easily and finished second in a battle with at Eagle Farm on October 19.

She is safely in the field for the $2 million Magic and is currently $11 in most markets.

Gotta Kiss also trialled at Deagon on December 10 and demolished the opposition winning by seven lengths.

Her was thrilled with the trial and feels Gotta Kiss should be unbeaten.

“Rothfire who beat us last start is a very good horse but from the barrier draw that day we had to ride Gotta Kiss up in the lead which didn't suit her,” Thornton said.

She will ride Gotta Kiss on Saturday and is expected to also be aboard for the Magic Millions Classic.

Both Scallopini and Gotta Kiss are raced by Jamie Walter's Proven Thoroughbreds which has been having an outstanding season with O'Dea.

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