THE ROCK IS BACK

27
Oct

After seven months away from racing, co-trainers Chris and Michael Gangemi are ready to unleash stable star Rock Magic at Ascot on Saturday.

The Redoute’s Choice gelding is set to make his eagerly awaited appearance in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m), a race he won in 2016.

Rock Magic has not been seen in competitive action since his 10th to Loving Gaby in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in March.

Rock Magic’s Melbourne assault has been his only run for the year following a third to Hey Doc in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) last November.

The 11-year-old tuned up for the Prince of Wales Stakes with a crucial 1000m barrier trial behind Malibu Style at Belmont on October 12.

He ran on solidly for second with his best work coming over the final 200m when he took off ground from the winner without being pushed.

“I’m just so excited to have him back at the races,” Co-trainer Michael Gangemi told The Races WA.

“He’s work behind the scenes has been awesome.

“I’m just holding my breath that he can keep it together for Saturday.

“I wake up every morning hoping everything is okay with him.

“He is strutting around like he owns the place; he is full of attitude.

“He’s not a normal horse Rock Magic, but he is just a freak.

“I’ve never known a horse who has such a competitive streak and will to win as he does.

“This time last year he ran third to Hey Doc in the Winterbottom.

“Hey Doc came out and won the Manikato Stakes last Friday.

“I can’t wait to see him back and they will know he is there.

“I can’t tell you the feeling I will have if he gets up and wins.”

Rock Magic will use the Prince of Wales Stakes as preparation for the Winterbottom Stakes on November 28, his fourth attempt at winning Western Australia’s premier sprint race.

Aside from their flagship horse, the Gangemi’s will also saddle up Condor Heroes and Durendal in the Prince of Wales Stakes.

Condor Heroes is expected to bounce back after he commenced slowly and finished out of the money as favourite behind Elite Street.

“He slipped at the start and hurt a back muscle,” Gangemi said.

“We’ve been working on that, but he is back.

“He is ready to go again and run well.”

Michael Gangemi said The Fugazi is set to resume and The Notorious One will also be part of the Ascot meeting.

Julio Santarelli