Rock Magic Gets Close To Return


While one potential star emerged for the Chris Gangemi team on Saturday, another of their established heroes is on the verge of making his much-anticipated comeback.

Out of action since last May with a knee injury, Rock Magic has had to play second fiddle and sit in the shadows of his highly-rated stable mate Samizdat, but a return is getting close.

“He is back in work and looking a million dollars,” said stable manager, Michael Gangemi.

“He has never looked any better and the break has done him the world of good.

“It’s a day to day proposition, but his grand final will be the Roma Cup.

“We’ll see after that if he goes to Melbourne again.

“At this this stage it will be a trial into the Roma Cup.

“The other plan is Northam Stakes into the Roma Cup.

“He is showing no signs of the knee injury and all is good with him.”

Rock Magic has not raced since last year’s Roma Cup when he defeated stable mates Battle Hero and Durendal.

The Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) will be run at Ascot on May 18 and the Group 3 Northam Stakes (1100m) at Northam two weeks earlier.

Gangemi said gelding Samizdat had recovered well after his breathtaking win in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m).

The son of Not A Single Doubt looked beaten when near last at the top of the straight, but underlined his class to charge home.

“I wasn’t too worried because I know what he has shown us at home,” Gangemi.

“I knew he just needed to get a bit of clear running.

“It was a great learning experience for him.

“He has recovered well and is just so chilled

“He is just so green and raw, but exciting.”

The Gangemi stable will be on the road this week when Battle Hero turns out for his Melbourne debut.

“He will have his final gallop tomorrow morning (Tuesday)” Gangemi said.

“Races picked out are the Lightning, Newmarket and William Reid.

“We will know more after Saturday which way to go.

“Jarrad (Noske) has been booked for the ride.”

Julio Santarelli