Melbourne horseman Mark Kavanagh is looking at a first-up run in the opening Group 1 of the season with the 2015 Memsie Stakes a possible option for Magicool at the end of the month.
A four-year-old son of Fastnet Rock, Magicool was last seen saluting in his fifth win at start number 14 in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse in early June.
That was his second win on the trot following a victory over 2000m at Flemington over Kenjorwood, and was also his first Group 1 run since a fourth to Delicacy in the SA Derby over 2500m at Morphettville a month earlier.
Kavanagh is now looking at first-up options for $668,000 earner and is considering throwing him in the deep end straight away with a run in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 29.
Last Friday Kavanagh gave the galloper his first serious hit-out at home at Flemington ahead of his return, and was pleased with the horse’s effort behind Robert Sangster Stakes runner-up Gregers.
“I’m really happy with the way the horse is going, the proof is going to be in the pudding but it is my belief that the horse has improved a lot,” Kavanagh told Racing Victoria.
“He was getting better with each run as a late three-year-old.
“We’ll just wait and see how he goes in his jumpout next week. He went pretty well last Friday but this Friday we’ll open him up and he might kick off in the Memsie.
“It’s a good early race because it gives you options with which avenue you take through the spring.”
It is shaping up as a hot edition of the Memsie Stakes this spring with other possible runners in the weight-for-age classic including 2013 Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino, last weekend’s Regal Roller Stakes winner Setinum and the Ciaron Maher-trained Crown Oaks winner Set Square.
Kavanagh is still working out what Magicool’s pet distance is, hesitant to rate the Derby form as a three-year-old as an indicator of genuine staying ability.
“The way his racing pattern changed when there was speed on and he was able to take a sit he was very solid at the 2200 (metres),” he said.
Magicool is nominated for both the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 and the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley the following Saturday.
He pays $67 in futures Caulfield Cup betting and is listed as a $101 roughie in early Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.
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