The Gai Waterhouse-trained Carriages has earned herself a tilt at the $2 million Magic Millions on the Gold Coast following a sizzling display in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat on Saturday.

Carriages ($7) flew the gates and led throughout to take the win by two lengths from race favourite Prompt Return ($1.75), with Moral Outrage ($10) a further two-lengths away in third.

Carriages’ part owner Dave Henderson said Waterhouse had to twist his arm to put the filly on a float and send her to Melbourne after a disappointing defeat at Randwick two weeks ago.

“But she will be well and truly qualified now (for the $2 million race); we’re from the Gold Coast and we love it up there and we’ve had a lot of success with Magic Millions on those days,” Henderson said.

Jockey Craig Williams said the daughter of Hitchinbrook’s experience with the right-hand way of going aided her victory.

“She drew an outside gate but she stepped fast and she made the most of her learning every morning going right-handed,” Williams said.

“My plan going into the race was that if I could have three-lengths on them straightening, maybe I could pinch it on them.

“But when I felt those horses there, when I felt the favourite so close to me I thought I was going to be in trouble here to sustain that run because it’s a very stiff five-furlongs.”

Prompt Return’s hoop James Winks said the horse did not pull-up “100 per cent” but ran well. Winks said the colt could just not reel-in the speed of Carriages. (ex Racing Victoria)