Damien Oliver is hoping to collect one of the Perth Spring Carnival majors after picking up the ride on German galloper Magic Artist in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday week.
The Andreas Wohler trained Magic Artist is coming off a two run Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign that saw him just miss a place in two Group 1s over the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Brenton Avdulla was aboard when Magic Artist ran fourth to Gailo Chop in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on October 31 then Blake Shinn took over the reins when fourth to Turn Me Loose in Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) seven days later.
Magic Artist has been installed the $4 favourite for the Kingston Town Classic with Ladbrokes.com.au and Oliver’s manager Mark Van Triet told The West Australian that it looks to be one of the better chances in the race.
“He’ll be a nice ride,” Van Triet said.
“He didn’t have a lot of luck in Melbourne this spring.
“If he brings that form over he’ll be hard to beat.”
The locals also have a strong hand in the weight for age Kingston Classic Classic with Delicacy the next in the betting at $4.60 ahead of Real Love at $5, Perfect Reflection at $7 and Black Heart Bart at $8.
Oliver had five rides on Super Saturday at Ascot last weekend, including Real Love who ran seventh to Good Project in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes (1600m).
But even though the Melbourne premiership winning jockey was pleased with the run of Real Love, he has elected to partner Magic Artist in the Kingston Town Classic.
“She went good, just hard to make up ground today, but she worked home well,” Oliver said last Saturday about Real Love’s effort in the Railway Stakes.
Oliver was also out of the placings in the Group 1 $1m Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on Silverstream who made ground from the back of the field to finish fourth to Queensland’s grand sprinter Buffering.
International race horse syndicators Australian Bloodstock share in the ownership of Magic Artist and managing owner Jamie Lovett has reported that the five year old stallion has settled in well into his new surroundings in Perth.
“Everything’s gone to plan,” Lovett said.
“He’s settled in well. He’s done some travelling, but he seems to handle it.
“He was competitive at the mile in the Emirates, so the nine furlongs will suit him.”
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has opted not to run Railway Stakes winner Good Project in the Kingston Town Classic and the four year old will head back to the Eastern States for a spell.
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