Try Some Magic wins RSL Cup
VETERAN galloper Try Some Magic lived up to its name after winning Saturday’s Gympie RSL Cup at the showgrounds.
The Waterford Road nine-year-old won by six-and-a-half-lengths over 1465 metres, capping off a great day for Gympie-based trainer Peter Fleming.
Also enjoying success on the day were the Johnstons, of Craiglea stud, with both parties recording winning doubles on the Gympie sand track.
The victory by Try Some Magic ($3.20 favourite) took his tally of Cup trophies to four, having previously triumphed in the 2008 Gympie and Roma Cups as well as the Longreach Hall of Fame Cup.
In the race, Try Some Magic shared an early lead with Frisco’s in Charge, trained by Trevor Thomas, before accelerating away on the home bend to win easily from Seekawinner (Barry Gill), who made good ground in the straight, with Frisco’s in Charge third, followed by Williamstown.
Raced by Stan and Marilyn Johnston in partnership with Rob Luck and original owner, Ian Mckenzie, the winner had returned to the Fleming stables three weeks back after having campaigned in Western Queensland.
Despite some ongoing hoof problems, he has now won more than $100,000 since being purchased by the Johnstons after having been sacked by three Brisbane trainers for “not being good enough”.
Caloundra apprentice Jason Kropp completed a winning double in the Cup after having earlier won on Craiglea Rocket, which is trained by his master, Trevor Miller.
Craiglea Rocket impressed with a strong finishing burst to win the 1465m QTIS Maiden by six lengths, defeating another Johnston-owned galloper, Craiglea Sherry (L Appo, P Fleming).
Niello Josie (A Kitson, B Gill) did well to run into third after rearing at the start and losing considerable ground.
Smart Falvelon mare Falvalea ($2.20 fav, A Kitson) proved too strong for her opponents in the 1000m Class 4, leading all the way to win by 3 ¾ lengths to give the Fleming stable a winning double.
The $21 chance, Through the Waves (I Coombes, S Thomas), finished strongly, being seconds ahead of Miss Joburg (L Appo, T Steindl), who had shared the early lead.
Falvalea, who had won over 970m at Rockhampton recently, is part owned by Nambour resident Dawn Falvey, who was one of the original owners of top sprinter Falvelon.
Gympie trainer Barry Gill said 1000m maiden winner Likaphantom (3 f Danbird – Phantom Rose) had not quite lived up to the potential she had shown as a two-year-old.
However, the grey quickly rounded up her opposition in the final 400m to come from well back in winning by a length to provide apprentice Alex Kitson with a double.
Starting favourite at $3, Likaphantom defeated Craiglea Danger (L Appo, T Miller) with Trivial Miss (S Bayliss, T White) third.
Another massive crowd enjoyed the perfect weather Saturday to continue the outstanding success of the annual RSL race day.