Visiting German galloper Magic Artist is set to head over to Western Australia nominated for two of Perth’s biggest races starting with Saturday week’s Railway Stakes 2015.
Prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Andreas Wohler, who won the ‘race that stops a nation’ with Protectionist last spring, five-year-old Iffraaj stallion Magic Artist has had two runs down under this spring.
Both times the galloper was fourth in Group 1 company at Flemington when a length off the French-trained winner Gailo Chop in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day when the tight track got the better of him, and then one and a quarter lengths away from Murray Baker’s flying Kiwi galloper Turn Me Loose when back to the less-than-ideal mile in last weekend’s Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Connections, including Jamie Lovett of Australian Bloodstock, will continue the horse’s campaign with two more possible elite level runs scheduled including the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse on November 21.
The Perth visit is a ‘Plan B’ for Magic Artist after he failed to secure an invitation to the Hong Kong International Race Day at Sha Tin on December 12 where he would have targeted the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m).
“We missed the invite to Hong Kong, so this just fits in,” Lovett told Racing Victoria.
“We’re not keen to send him to the paddock, he’s only had the two runs for the new owners and he raced well.”
Boosting the profile of this season’s Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the international presence in the WA features is a huge deal for WA.
There are officially 34 nominations for the James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes this year, the favourite in the pre-field betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au being Vaughn Sigley’s last start Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes winner Black Heart Bart ($4.60).
He is followed closely by Schweppes Oaks – SA Derby double winning mare Delicacy ($5.50) who ran a first-up third in the Lee Steere last weekend and the Adam Durrant-trained reigning Perth Cup winner Real Love ($6).
Magic Artist is also at single figures paying $8 to win over 1600m for the first time after two seconds from five previous runs at the distance.
Allocated 57kg in the handicap clash, Lovett said they may still bypass the Railway and focus solely on the weight-for-age $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 5.
“Even though he backed up and raced well (during Melbourne Cup Week), these international horses do appear to respond better with their runs spaced,” Lovett explained.
“It’s unlikely he’ll run in the Railway, but we’ll let Andreas make the decision.
“I think he’s a dead-set mile-and-a-quarter horse,” Lovett said.
“He raced well over a mile, but I think that’s where he fits in – he just finds it a bit short. The 2000 is ideal, but 1800 is the next-best option.”
Early Kingston Town Classic odds have Al Maher four-year-old Delicacy ($4.80) on top, the mare boasting six wins from 11 previous Ascot runs.
Markets read similar to the Kingston Town.
Lovett added that post-Kingston Town Classic Day connections would discuss ‘what next’ for the horse who is set to join Newcastle’s Kris Lees should he stay downund, with a possible trip to Dubai on the cards.
“Andreas was keen to take him to Dubai when we first purchased him,” he said.
“He’s got very good form on top of the ground, so those Dubai tracks would suit, but there’s also the option of coming back here and setting him for the Sydney or Brisbane Carnivals.”
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