MAGICAL TALENT scores top marks in test
PURE MAGIC: Magical Talent holds off the fast-finishing Savodan to win his trial yesterday. - PHOTO: STC
MAGICAL TALENT, who has a postage stamp weight in the Causeway Classsic Stakes on Friday, showed up in a trial at Kranji yesterday morning and passed it with flying colours.
However, will that be enough to see him resurface in the winners' circle is left to be seen.
Owned by Tivic Stable and trained by Laurie Laxon, Magical Talent created a huge impression when he first appeared on the scene in January last year.
He quickly opened his Kranji account when he won on debut - beating a Class 4 field over the 1,400m on the turf.
He followed it up with another win just a month later, and as if to show that it was no fluke, he signed in a hat-trick with a half-length win over Super Shadow in a Class 3 affair.
That was in April last year. Then, just like that, he went off the boil and although he continued to race at regular intervals, he failed to post another win on the board.
However it is worth nothing that he ran a gallant third in the Emirates Singapore Derby just a month ago. Sent off as the second least-backed horse in the race, he charged home to take third spot behind runaway winner Spalato and the highly-respected Stepitup.
The Chairman's Trophy was his last start and there was not much one could say about his performance.
With the Derby being run on set weights, he humped 57kg. The Chairman's Trophy race was a weight-for-age affair and he had to tote a massive 58kg.
Now comes Friday's feature and he gets in with just 50kg. Will the feather on his back turn things around for this talented galloper? It just might.
TRIAL 1 (OFFICIAL)
1 Pole Paradise (I Saifudin)
2 Science Fiction (E Aslam)
3 EN Lauder (K A'Isisuhairi)
4 Black Label (D Flores)
5 Muvuka (KB Soo)
Margins & time: Nk, 3½, ½, 1½ (1min 02.76sec)
They were three in a line after 100m. Science Fiction, Pole Paradise and EN Lauder. Muvuka followed with Black Label last. Muvuka moved up to join En Lauder and Pole Paradise when they turned for that run to the 600m mark. Science Fiction was next.
Into the stretch and Science Fiction joined the forward fray. Ridden by E Aslam, he quickly hit the front and was joined by Pole Paradise. The pair drew away to fight out the finish with Pole Paradise, the mount of I Saifudin, getting the verdict by a neck.
TRIAL 2 (TEST)
1 Magical Talent (R Rueven)
2 Savodan (A Munro)
3 Dr N Wing Fighters (N Juglall)
4 Eastern Boss
Margins & time: Nk, ¾, 6½ (1:02.19)
Dr N Wing Fighters won the start, showing the way when they turned on the far side. Eastern Boss kept in close contact and they were followed by Magical Talent and Savodan. Magical Talent made a forward move and was right on Dr N Wing Fighters' tail when they turned for the run home. Savodana nd Eastern Boss were still in the mix.
Into the straight and Magical Talent easily claimed the lead and, with the finish in sight, he went to the line on a nice hold. Savodan came home well to claim second.
TRIAL 3 (TEST)
1 Bright General (M Ewe)
2 Racer King (KB Soo)
3 Schiltron (Juglall)
4 Excuse Me (Z Zuriman)
Margins & time: Shd, 2, nk (1:02.14)
Schiltron was a tad slow to get going. Racer King jumped away cleanly and led from Bright General. Schiltron made up ground and was right in the mix when they turned on the far side. Excuse Me was hard held and content to stay last.
Passing the 600m and Bright General led from Racer King ands Excuse Me. Racer King made a lightning move at the top of the stretch and raced to the lead. Bright General, hugging the rails, didn't let him get away that cheaply and he came on again close home to beat Racer King, who was tested by KB Soo, by a shorthead.
TRIAL 4 (PRACTICE)
1 Golden Brilliant (Flores)
2 Italian Job
3 Speedy Cat (Juglall)
4 Zedkaar (L Allpress)
5 Gadawon (M Kellady)
6 Black Mamba (D Beasley)
7 Here Come Buddy (M Au)
8 Super Spur (R Lim)
Margins & time: Ns, nk, 2, nk, nk, 1½, nk (1;01.08)
They were three in a line after the initial 150m. Gadawon, Super Spur and Italian Job. Following them were Black Mamba, Speedy Cat and Golden Brilliant. It was Gadawon and Italian Job disputing the lead when they cleared 600m. Golden Brilliant was a handy third and he was followed by Speedy Cat. With 250m to travel, Italian Job shook off Gadawon with Speedy Cat looming dangerously on his outside. Golden Brilliant began to race with David Flores up.
In that dash to the line, Golden Brilliant got up in that last stride to pip Italian Job for the honours. Speedy Cat stayed on for third.
TRIAL 5 (PRACTICE)
1 Mastermind (M Au)
2 Little Jumbo (R Lim)
3 Celestina (A'isisuhairi)
4 Trecratic (Kellady)
5 Doraemon (BN Sharul)
6 Brahma Circus (Beasley)
7 Sky Walker (WH Lao)
8 Black Sorcerer (M Ewe)
9 Yugioh (N Alfian)
Margins & time: 7, hd, nk, nk, nk, 1½, nk, nk (1:01.17)
There was a mad scramble for the early lead with Trecratic, Doreamon, Little Jumbo, Sky Walker and Mastermind all having claims for the lead. Yugioh was next. When they settled it was Doreamon who led from SkyWalker and Mastermind.
Mastermind soon made a forward move and led them into the straight from Doreamon and Sky Walker. Little Jumbo, kept near the rails, was fourth with Brahma Circus next.
With the finish well in sight, Mastermind had it signed, sealed and delivered. He would coast to line an easy winner from the mare Little Jumbo. A good run by the other mare, Celestina. She came home well for third. Watch her on debut.