Maribyrnong Plate winner Prompt Return on Magic Millions path

The Group 3 $150,000 Maribyrnong Plate winner Prompt Return could be heading to the Magic Millions after producing a slick display of speed over the 1000m at Flemington today.

Prompt Return scores an impressive 2 lengths win in the Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Prompt Return scores an impressive 2 lengths win in the Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

The Danny O’Brien trained Prompt Return was coming off a debut win at Bendigo but the fact that he was unwanted in the betting to start at the lucrative odds of $19 didn’t stop the Beneteau colt from recording a two lengths win.

Debutants Old Trieste ($21) and Sailing By ($11) ran respectable races for their stables to finish second and third and will no doubt be improved by the run.

O’Brien will discuss Prompt Return’s Autumn plans with his owners but there is a good chance that he will head to the Gold Coast for the $2m BMW Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) in January.

And a start in the the Group 1 $1m Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and the Group 1 $3.5m Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill are also up for discussion.

“He has been very dominant today in what is historical a very good form guide for the two year old season. He is also a Magic Millions horse. I will just have a chat to Mark Sowerby and Ron Hamer who own the horse and work out where we are going to go in the Autumn,” O’Brien said

Race experience clearly shone out for Prompt Return who railed up beautifully after winning jockey James Winks decided to stick to the inside when the field split in two.

Winks always had the lead on Prompt Return who really knuckled down over the final stages to record an impressive win in the slick time of 57.5s.

“We went to Bendigo it was really a barrier trial that day and he won and he came home and improved a lot in the three weeks since then and you saw the improvement today,” O’Brien said.

“James just said I am drawn near the inside and I think the horse goes better when he finds the running rail so we will roll the dice and find the inside rail.”

Race favourite, first starter Bantam ($2.60) from the John O’Shea stable, set the pace down the outside of the straight course but was beaten just over four lengths finishing in fifth spot.

2014 Maribyrnong Plate Result

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 PROMPT RETURN Danny O’Brien James Winks 4 57kg $19
2 8 OLD TRIESTE Andrew Noblet Stephen Baster 2L 6 57kg $21
3 13 SAILING BY Mick Price Damien Oliver 2.5L 12 55kg $11
4 6 JACQUERIC (NZ) John Symons & Sheila Laxon Brad Rawiller 4L 11 57kg $31
5 4 BANTAM Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 4.1L 8 57kg $2.60F
6 9 HELLO HORNSBY Cameron Templeton Chris Symons 5.35L 1 55kg $51
7 3 MISTER MIYAGI Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Tom Hughes Brian Werner 5.55L 3 57kg $51
8 2 ICEFLOW Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 7.05L 14 57kg $5
9 11 LITTLE INDIAN Robbie Laing Dwayne Dunn 7.55L 13 55kg $12
10 7 LUCHADOR Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Bev Lechmere Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a) 8.05L 9 57kg $81
11 5 DREAM ON MONTY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Laing Mark Zahra 8.25L 7 57kg $51
12 14 SHINING BROOKE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Rodd 9L 2 55kg $13
13 10 BELHAMAGE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme John O’Shea James McDonald 11.75L 10 55kg $11
14 12 NEW SUMMER NIGHT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 13.25L 5 55kg $21


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