Majestic Beast Earns Crack at Open Company in 2014 Metro Plate

Majestic Beast has run in 28 career starts that have spanned four seasons yet she’ll finally get the chance to hit her straps and get a crack at open company at Randwick this Saturday.

Winona Costin will not ride Majestic Beast in the Metro Plate on Saturday after being sent on an overseas learning experience.

Winona Costin will not ride Majestic Beast in the Metro Plate on Saturday after being sent on an overseas learning experience. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winning her last three consecutive races helped show trainer Kerry Parker that the mare was ready to make the next step in racing with her new-found maturity in the Metro Plate (2400m) this weekend.

The mare won a 2000m race at Kembla Grange on October 17, which she followed with two midweek metropolitan wins at Randwick, first of which was on the Kensington track over 2500m on October 22 and then one on the course proper over 2400m on November 4.

The only component which will be missing on Saturday is apprentice jockey Winona Costin, who rode Majestic Beast home in all three wins. She has been sent on an overseas learning experience by main boss Gai Waterhouse, so Parker will have to make do with senior jockey Brenton Avdulla.

Majestic Beast will carry just 55kg in the Metro Plate, which is a huge advantage considering the Bede Murray-trained World Wide will be loaded with 65.5kg.

“Winona’s claim has been helpful but I understand Gai has sent her for a holiday,” Parker told Sky Racing.

“Brenton will ride her and she still gets into the race well under the set weights and penalties conditions.

“I think we’ve still beaten the handicapper and the mare has earned a crack at Saturday grade.

“She has taken a while to strengthen but is now mature and her previous experience on the Kensington track will help.”

The mare will earn another first should she come through the race well, a chance in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) on December 13, which will be her first black-type race.

“The Christmas Cup fits in nicely and if she turns up on Saturday and races competitively that’s where she’ll go,” Parker said.

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