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Magic Millions Raceday 2018: Problem Solver breaks maiden in style

A FILLY Gerald Ryan couldn’t sell gave the trainer his first Magic Millions success since 2012 in an action-packed $250,000 Maiden yesterday.

Problem Solver, a $160,000 daughter of Hinchinbrook, managed to just hold on over the fast-finishing Shesees Everything to win in a slick 1:8.87. Easing favourite Dinnigan ($1.75-$2.40) set up a super fast first 600m and failed to finish off, winding up fourth.

“She had her chance. She wasn’t good enough,” jockey Tim Clark said.

Ryan said he had to call on good client David Rafael to help sell Problem Solver after he selected her on the Gold Coast two years ago.

“I couldn’t find many owners, so David helped us out. She’s got 18 owners from Hong Kong,” Ryan said. “We decided to get her ready for this race first up. She would have won anywhere else she’d gone, but we decided to wait for this one.”

media_cameraJockey Robbie Fradd struck early with Problem Solver in the MM Maiden.

Ryan then threw out a tip suggesting he and Rafael could make it a double when Pendeloque ran at Randwick an hour later. Sure enough, Pendeloque landed the cash in the same colours.

Matthew Dale landed a winner at his Magic Millions debut with a mare that failed to go in foal last spring. Zafina ($11) was covered by Lonhro in October and when the tests came back negative, she returned to work with Dale.

“We gave her a good chance when she drew soft and was down in the weights,” Dale said after the mare took out the Magic Millions Country Cup.

Dale said future plans were still up in the air.

“We’ll have a beer and dissect it,” he said.

Updated: January 13, 2018 — 5:00 am

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