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The Magic Millions dream for the 1000 owners of Dusty Tycoon is well and truly alive after she booked herself a place in the $2m 2YO Classic with a big win at Doomben, which had the crowd rocking.
Courtesy of Nathan Exelby, Racing editor, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
Picture Courtesy of Trackside Photography
 
Doomben was rocking and rolling as the huge contingent of miRunners members possibly bettered their Sunshine Coast decibel level when Dusty Tycoon romped to another win on Saturday.
The Magic Millions dream for the 1000 owners of Dusty Tycoon is well and truly alive after she booked herself a place in the $2 million 2YO Classic with this win.
Jockey Dale Smith gave a Group 1 salute, acknowledging the presence of many of the filly’s owners. Officially, 121 tickets were handed out, but clearly each of those owners invited friends and family because it was like a carnival atmosphere for the first race.
 
“It was one of the most extraordinary scenes I ‘ve seen for a race outside a Group race,” on-course caller David Fowler said.
“Broadcasting the race, when they jumped and I called her name they cheered, then from the turn they went again and then up into another level as she neared the line.
 
“It’s almost unique. I haven’t seen anything like this for a long time in racing. They all own a hair of it and they are all excited.”
The crowd subsided soon after, as the Dusty Tycoon crew retired to the bar to celebrate their success.
“I did the salute to the owners,” Smith said. “This is an opportunity for people previously outside racing to get involved and their reaction to this filly has been amazing.
 
“They really love this horse. It just shows what a horse can mean to people.
“We wouldn’t have seen something like this on a Brisbane track since the Stradbroke.”
Smith worked Dusty Tycoon on Tuesday and told trainer Rob Heathcote she wouldn’t be beaten on Saturday.
 
Jockey Dale Smith was pumped up by the crowd as Dusty Tycoon stormed to victory. Picture: Trackside Photography
 
“She’s a real precocious filly and she’s kept improving. She just does everything right.”
Scott Gooley has looked after the big contingent of owners on behalf of miRunners at both of Dusty Tycoon’s runs and said scenes like Saturday was the vision chief executive Steve Brown had when he set up the business.
“The roar from the crowd at the Sunshine Coast and here was just unbelievable and they are loving every minute of it,” he said.
The challenge now is for Magic Millions and the Gold Coast Turf Club to fit in Dusty Tycoon’s owners when she runs next month.
“There’s a lot of happy owners and a very happy trainer too,” Heathcote said.
“She’s in now, so it’s a good place to be. I just have to decide whether I give her another run before the race or not. She will now have a wee break , maybe a week or so to mentally freshen up, most likely have the one more run leading into the MM Classic but we will first let the ‘Dusty Settle ”

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