Miss Smith and Effortless Opera were away quickly to lead ahead of Harriman and Gee Gees Cricket but the tempo was a bit steadier than what may have been expected pre-race, especially in the middle stages. Once again the race was dominated by horses coming wide on the track, with the overall time solid enough for this grade in comparison to the rest of the program.
Magic Waler ($4.80 to $5.50) was impressive when resuming without blinkers to win his maiden and went right on with the job here to win immediately in C1 company, which is never an easy feat. He relaxed nicely in a good spot just behind the speed for Darmanin who then brought him into the clear wider on the track on straightening. From there he was able to let down strongly to race to the lead and hold off the late challenges of those coming from behind him. His last 400m was the 8th quickest of the program and he was clearly the best effort of those in the forward half of the field with the rest of the first six home settling near the rear. Next time will be harder again but he is clearly a horse with ability to be able to win his C1 at his first try while still being a 2yo.
C/o Tristan Heffernan