The Art Of The Bar steps up with Magic Millions focus

The Tulloch Lodge team for the Magic Millions already includes Classic favourite Unite And Conquer and Czarson should join him in the two-year-old showcase but the three-year-old team will be decided over the festive season.

The Art Of The Bar has always been at the top of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s thinking for the Magic Millions Guineas and after a hat-trick of wins she steps up to the 1400m trip against fillies and mares at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Magic happening: The Art Of The Bar will look to cintinue on her winning way at Warwick Farm on Saturday.Credit:AAP

Terminology will run in the Gosford Guineas next week and the stable hasn't given up on Chess Star making it to the Gold Coast despite his failure in Brisbane last weekend.

“He put in a bad one when he changed legs in the straight and lost all momentum. We are hoping he can get back on track for the Guineas as well,” Bott said.

“The Art Of The Bar is a filly that we have targeted the Guineas with, but she has to keep stepping up. Saturday is another test for her and [if] she comes through it as we expected the Guineas would be next.

“She has been showing good speed to lead at 1200m and giving good kicks and we have been waiting to get her to 1400m because we think that she will probably be better at that trip.

“She has won at Warwick Farm and this race fits in well to her preparation and we picked it out a while ago.”

Terminology has returned from Melbourne and won at Warwick Farm in preparation for the Gosford Guineas, which is her lead-up to the Magic Millions.

“We are looking to have a strong team on the Gold Coast and we have horses that will be peaking for it,” Bott said. “Terminology is one of those, which needs to earns her spot there and she will get that at Gosford.”

Bott said the two-year-olds Czarson and Unite And Conquer would barrier trial at Warwick Farm on Thursday.

“We think they should be right to get into the Magic Millions and a trial is a better option than a race for both of them at this point,” Bott said.

It has been a hard week for Tulloch Lodge with promising stayer Thinkin’ Big, which won the Caulfield Classic and was placed in the Spring Champion Stakes, sold to Hong Kong.

"It's always tough to lose a horse of that quality," Bott said on Sydney radio. "We only got to see the early makings of him in one preparation and I'm sure he will do well."

Hong Kong agents had been circling Thinkin’ Big since his impressive Gloaming Stakes win and the offers became too good to refuse.

"The owner held off as long as he could but the waves [of offers] just kept coming and it became just a little bit too difficult in the end to say no,” Bott said. "When you are talking those sorts of figures they are substantial amounts.

"It's certainly not an easy call to make but we are talking a lot of money here."

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