TIME will tell if a tilt at the rich $5m All-Star Mile is on the cards for the Brent Stanley-trained It's Kind of Magic, after the exciting filly's ninth placing in Saturday's $2m Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast.
The three-year-old is among 95 nominations for the second edition of the All-Star Mile, won in brilliant fashion last year by the Adam-Trinder-trained Tasmanian star Mystic Journey.
Ten of the 15 places in the field will again be determined by public vote, with the remaining five going to 'wild-card' selections, including the winners of the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and Group 2 Blamey Stakes.
It's Kind of Magic was only the second runner for Stanley at the Magic Millions carnival following on from Zoology, who finished third in the maiden in 2018.
Her race was won by the $1.80 favourite Alligator Blood, who notched his eighth win from nine starts, and has launched himself into favourtism for the Group 1 Australian Guineas on February 29 and the All-Star Mile at Caulfield on March 14.
There were better fortunes for Stanley on Sunday at Benalla, where his first-starter Bendigo Poet scored a win on debut, with Linda Meech in the saddle.
Meanwhile, the Shane Fliedner-trained three-year-old Hi Stranger continues to be a model of consistency, after notching the third city placing of his short nine race career at Flemington on Saturday.
The gelding was beaten by less than two lengths by the Patrick Payne-trained Rubisaki in finishing third over the 1400m trip.
It followed a second at Caulfield over 1400m on Boxing Day in his previous start.
The son of Irish sire Zoffany and Luxury Suite now boasts one win and three placings from nine starts for career earnings of $89,500.
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