A social media post was the catalyst for Tony Gollan, who booked Hong Kong's Magic Man Joao Moreira for the first time with the new mating bidding to win Saturday's Percy Sykes Stakes with Outback Barbie.
Moreira has been a frequent visitor to Australia for the last five years and was a winning organizer at Eagle Farm in June 2016, but had not crossed trails with Gollan.
"I just looked at social media that he was here for a day trip to Queen Elizabeth," said Gollan. "19659003" NATHAN'S RACEBOOK: RANDWICK TIPS
"I knew Blake (Shinn) could not make the weight and at 54 kg there are no big options so I thought if he's here he's world class and he can drive the weight, let's try to get him and we got him right away. "
Gollan has not yet spoken to Moreira and will not overload him with instructions, with his greatest concern finding clear spaces from the barrier one in the straight.
" He is professional, he will do his homework and let's see I do not think it's hard to drive from a alley now, "said Gollan.
" if he can find the split at the right time and he is very good at having it so he drove all over the world, I can almost guarantee that he has enough horse there to drive. She goes amazing. "
Outback Barbie's Golden Slipper hope ended when she got stuck in Reisling Stakes and finished fifth. Since then, she has presented brilliantly on Randwick, clearly the fastest of four 1050m heaters in the morning.
" She was very good at the trial and she has moved on from it. She looks better now than when she tried. Her muscle tone, her jacket has everything about her improved, "said Gollan.
" From the moment we were beaten last time, we knew quite well that we would not make Slipper so the idea was to go to this race for five weeks between the race and I could not be more pleased with the way she is prepared. "
Outback Barbie is one of two Queensland-trained, Magic Millions-placed runners who shoot for big bucks Saturday at Randwick. 19659003] Last year's MM winner Houtzen jumped back to winning form last Saturday and masses of punters believe she can repeat the dose in $ 600,000 Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint today.
Houtzen has been supported from $ 11 to $ 7.50 in Ladbrokes' fixed odds market.
Her winning time of 1: 8.64 was no less than Trapeze Artist in TJ Smith and she is on 7 days backup for the first time since she won last year's Magic Millions.