Firstly they are Tasmanian bred and secondly they have all won races during the spring carnival in Melbourne and last week the outstanding start to the Tasmanian bred performances interstate continued.
The Cleaner was outstanding in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m where he was just beaten by former Tasmanian Derby winner Mourinho and 2013 Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner. The 8yo gelding will now progress to the Cox Plate on Saturday 24 October. The gelding by Saviore Vivre was a $10k graduate of the 2009 Tasmanian sale and has now amassed over $1.2M in prizemoney.
Mongolian Khan continued on his preparation toward the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with a fast closing 4th behind The Cleaner in the Underwood stakes.
In the last race at Caulfield, Kenjorwood went back to back in The Cup Club over 1700m. The 6yo gelding will now be aimed at the Group 1 Toorak handicap over 1600m on 10 October. Kenjorwood (Snippetson – Flying Diva) was a $41k purchase from the 2011 Tasmanian Magic Millions sale.
This week commencing Friday night at Moonee Valley, Launceston Cup winner Genuine Lad lines up in the JRA Cup over 2040m. The gelding by deceased Armidale stallion Ladoni is coming off a game 3rd in the Naturalism stakes behind inform stayers Magnapal and The United States. Trainer Robert Smerdon has stated that the gelding is a live chance in this race and from here he will look to progress onto the Herbert Power. Genuine Lad was a $6k purchase from the 2012 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Sunday at Flemington sees Royal Rapture, second up from a spell in the Gilgai Stakes over 1200m. The gelding by Clangalang ran a super race first up with no luck but this is a much tougher assignment with Chautauqua in the field. The gelding was a $16k purchase from the 2011 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Like A Carousel is seeking ballot free exemption to the Melbourne Cup in the Bart Cummings over 2500m. The gelding should be ready to improve over this longer distance and if he can capture his form from last spring he is a sneaky place chance at 100-1. The gelding was a $10k purchase from the 2011 Tasmanian Magic Millions sale.
Once again this highlights that Tasmanian bred horses have had the right start to life and that Tasmanian breeders continue to produce good quality horses.
The 2016 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale will be conducted on Thursday 18 February in Launceston.
Already a full brother to the ill-fated Group 3 Mornington Cup winner Banca Mo has been nominated.
For further information contact Tim Brown from Magic Millions on 0401 307 918.