Rock Magic’s Ascot carnival ambitions received a big boost after he returned with an impressive trial performance at Belmont on Monday.
After going back to last for Jarrad Noske, Rock Magic cruised past his rivals to record a stylish win over Valour Road and Misty Metal.
Making his first public appearance since a Belmont winter campaign, the veteran ten-year-old carved out the quickest time of the morning, 58.52 for the 1000m heat.
On a path towards the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 30, the Chris Gangemi-trained gelding will make his race return in November.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Gangemi told The Races WA.
“We thought he was in for a good prep the way he came back.
“He seems to be moving better and basically is as good as ever.
“Jarrad said he felt super and feels as good as ever again.
“He will go first-up in the Prince Of Wales Stakes and have one more crack at the Winterbottom.
“He is a freak who has been racing at the elite level for five years now.
“He hasn’t knocked off a big one yet, but he might have one more chance.”
Gangemi is hopeful his highly talented four-year-old Samizdat can rebound strongly in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.
At his most recent start in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont, Samizdat pulled up sore after he ran 6th to Man Booker
“It was a bit disappointing first-up,” Gangemi said.
“He was up in class but we have a big opinion of him.
“It’s a bit of a concern he might not like the firm tracks at this point of his career.
“Hopefully he can get there in good order and produce.”
The Prince Of Wales Stakes is run over 1000m on November 2.