2018 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes – Although Unlikely, Magic Consol Cox Plate Bound

September 8, 2018

2018 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes – Although Unlikely, Magic Consol Cox Plate Bound

Paul Presuker’s nine-year old war-horse Magic Consol earned a guaranteed spot in the 2018 Cox Plate (2400m) following his gutsy win in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Even with a proven track record at The Valley, it was still a surprise to see the veteran gelding race ahead after looking very fidgety in the gates.

2018 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner, Magic Consol.

After $3.40 race favourite Night’s Watch missed the start, Magic Consul looked up to the challenge behind second-elect Hartnell in the early goings, sitting well on the speed throughout the entirety of the journey.

Come the final bend, jockey Jordan Childs took the lead, fending off a late dash challenge from Ben Melham and Homesman at the line.

For Childs, the win is just another milestone on the 22-year old’s very young, and promising resume.

“We drew well, had to use a little bit from the gate, ended up getting into the one-one” Childs told Racing.com after the race.

“He’s a horse that can really quicken up around the corner, and we use that to our advantage, we also had fitness on our side”

Childs recently claimed his first Group 1 success in the $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) back in February on three-year old colt Written By. 

Having won Saturday’s Dato Stakes, Magic Consul is now primed for a run in the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2400m) on the same Valley track on October 27, although it still seems unlikely.

Opening at early ‘thanks, but no thanks’ $101.00 odds with Ladbrokes ahead of the race, it’s impossible to see the nine-year old even placing anywhere close to Winx, but for now, the stable are simply going to enjoy Saturday’s win.

“Still got a few shivers, that’s what it’s about” Presuker told Racing.com from Morphettville on Saturday.

At such long odds, it was perhaps the most unlikely victory of the day at The Valley, especially after Hartnell moved up into first with 600m to go.

According to Presuker though, stamina was always on Magic Consul’s side.

“He’s got quite a bit of residual fitness, he ticked all the boxes for the day, so we were going in fit and we had a bit of interest in him, so beautiful” Presuker said.

As for the owners, the victory was also fairly unexpected.

“I really didn’t think a nine-year old could measure up to the Hartnell’s and the likes” Mrs B.M. Fenton said after the win.

Although the celebration is worthy, the stable will have to make a decision on the Cox Plate soon, but Presuker still seemed unsure of whether or not the race was a realistic option.

“I will go back to the owners, but I have said all along that 2000m is the bottom of him and a 2000m at that level might be 2400m to him. We will toss it about and go from there,”

Full Ladbrokes Cox Plate odds can be seen below.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Australian Guineas Bound Amphi...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Stil...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Still The Goal, Golden Eagle ‘Plan B’

Three-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun has opened as the favourite following...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite in the 2018 Kingston Town Classic field

The lightly weighted Arcadia Queen was installed as the short priced favourite...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbot...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbottom Stakes

The Darren Weir trained Voodoo Lad broke through for his maiden Group 1 win in...

Viddora firms in the betting a...

Viddora firms in the betting after 2018 Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw

Defending titleholder Viddora continues to firm in the betting following the...

Horse Racing Today

Loving Gaby remains favourite ...

Final field of 14 for 2019 Lad...

Final field of 14 for 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Fourteen two-year-olds will line up in the final field for the 2019 Group 1...

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Cav...

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

A field of eleven sprinters will line up for the 2019 Group 1 $750,000 Black...

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo ...

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Australia’s favourite race horse Winx is set to kick off her 2019 Autumn...

Webster not happy for The Clap...

Webster not happy for The Clapper to take on Winx in 2019 Apollo Stakes

Trainer Pat Webster admits that he is not happy for his stable star Happy...

Race Results

Peter Young Stakes: Avilius Impresses En Route to Australian Cup

Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes: Lyre Caps Off Huge Day for Godolphin

Alizee is the 2019 Futurity Stakes Winner

Randwick Guineas Bound The Autumn Sun Claims Hobartville Stakes

It’s Gary Portelli’s Time to Reign in the Golden Slipper

Race Previews

Loving Gaby remains favourite despite wide barrier in 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Final field of 14 for 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Webster not happy for The Clapper to take on Winx in 2019 Apollo Stakes

Fields & Form

Loving Gaby remains favourite despite wide barrier in 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Final field of 14 for 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Waller gives D’Argento great chance to win 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes