Beaufine Obstacles For Rock Magic

7
Jun

Rock Magic already has one Beaufine Stakes victory locked away in his racing resume.

In 2015, carrying 58.5kg and under the guidance of Jarrad Noske, he worked home strongly down the middle of the Belmont course to get over the top of Rebel King.

For the then five-year-old, the winning margin on a good track rating was just under a length.

Fast forward to Saturday’s edition of the Beaufine Stakes and there are a few big obstacles standing in Rock Magic’s bid for a second win.

No nine-year-old has won the race and no horse has carried more than 59.5kg. Willoughby, trained by the late Michael Pateman and ridden by Paul Harvey, carried that impost in 1999.

Rock Magic is months away from turning 10 and will lump the 62kg top weight on Saturday.

Factor in a rain affected surface and the task appears difficult for Rock Magic.

The resilient son of Redoute’s Choice is rated a $5 chance, easing from his opening quote of $3.80.

Misty Metal, first-up, is the $3.30 favourite with Electric Light at $3.90.

Rock Magic, Market Ruler ($5) and Rebel King ($6) are the only other runners in single figures.

Durendal, a stable mate of Rock Magic and Captain Stirling are both $14 hopes.

In a field of seven starters Rock Magic has drawn barrier three. Jarrad Noske, who has been aboard 10 of Rock Magic’s 16 career wins, rides him again.

Trainer Chris Gangemi said Rock Magic has the class edge to overcome his obstacles in the Beaufine Stakes.

“We think he can win, but the bog track will make it that bit harder that’s for sure with 62kg,” Gangemi told Tabradio.

“We are hoping the track that doesn’t get too wet because we think he will still be hard to win with 62kg.

“It’s far from ideal carrying that weight, but unfortunately a horse with his rating there are very few races in Perth for him.

“It was either go to the paddock or start in this race with a big weight.

“If you are going to start with that weight then a 1000 metres is the time to do it.

“A lot of good judges reckon weight isn’t as important over 1000 metres so let’s hope they are right.”

Durendal ran third in the Northam Stakes (1100m) and ninth in the Roma Cup (1200m) in his two runs back this preparation.

The seven-year-old is looking to become the first horse since Great Nation (2005-2006) to win back-to-back Beaufine Stakes.

“His run at Northam was good and if you forgive his last run he will be thereabouts,” Gangemi said.

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au