Fleming all smiles with magic win
GYMPIE trainer Peter Fleming endured a few nervous moments before erupting into celebration as Try Some Magic claimed the 2010 Nolan Meats Muster Cup at the weekend.
Ridden by 18-year-old Deagon apprentice jockey Keely James, Try Some Magic ($5) streaked to victory in a show of determination during the feature race of the Muster Cup, in its ninth year, at the Gympie racecourse Saturday.
Starting out of barrier seven, Try Some Magic went with the pace before attempting to break free in the last 100 metres.
A challenge was issued by the Steven Thomas trained Through the Waves ($4 favourite) but Try Some Magic showed nerves of steel to prevail, winning by a length.
Gympie racing commentator Barry Fitzhenry said Try Some Magic put in a solid performance to win the main race of the five-race program.
“Keely James rode a great race to get Try Some Magic, who can pull fiercely, to relax on the long rein before kicking strongly inside the 200 metres,” he said.
Coming third, after Through the Waves, was the Barry Gill trained Seekawinner ($6).
Claiming the 2010 Muster Cup has ensured Try Some Magic has maintained his unbeaten
record on the Gympie sand track, yielding four wins. Two of these victories came last month in the Gympie RSL and Gympie cups.
Meanwhile, Fleming continues to enjoy success with the horse having notched a total of 14 victories, including a coveted Roma Cup.
Fleming said Try Some Magic thrived on just light work and plenty of time between his races while Fitzhenry tipped the horse to be a serious contender for the second Gympie Cup in October should he have a tilt.
In other results, Caloundra jockey Kenne Sawyers claimed riding honours for the day with victories in the 1170m QTIS Maiden and 1470m Class B.
Sawyers guided Stalwart Emma ($3.30) to victory in the QTIS Maiden while showing plenty of class in clinching a win with Hewilldo ($11) in the Class B.
Overall, the 2010 Muster Cup was a resounding success with 59 starters and capacity fields of 12 in four of the five races rounding out the program.
A highlight of the day was a $1000 bet on the Muster Cup won by one punter.
“The winner of the bet invested most of the money on Through the Waves as well as smaller wages on Nevada Gambler and Hot Flushes,” Fitzhenry said.
The Gympie racecourse next fires up on September 25, followed by the Gympie Cup on October 23.
2010 Muster Cup Results
Succulent Australian Beef Maiden Plate (850m)
Meat Is Good For You QTIS Maiden Plate (1170m)
Pat and Marie Nolan Class 3 Plate (1170m)
Hayil and Hearty
Private Selection Class B Handicap (1470m)
Nolan Meats Muster Cup (1600m)
Try Some Magic
Through the Waves