Rock Magic poised to spring into ac­tion

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TRAINER Chris Gangemi is con­vinced Perth sprinter Rock Magic has im­proved from his spring re­turn in the Moir Stakes and will be suited in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield.

Rock Magic fin­ished fourth in the Group One Moir (1000m), won by She Will Reign, two weeks ago at Moonee Val­ley and runs sec­ond-up in to­day’s 1100m weight-for-age Schillaci.

The eight-year-old geld­ing was just be­hind the lead­ers in the Moir and loomed up to leader and even­tual third­placeget­ter Shei­del ap­proach­ing the 100m, be­fore She Will Reign and Vid­dora pow­ered home over the top of the fron­trun­ners.

“I thought it was a re­ally good run,” Gangemi said.

“Although he had a bit of cover, he was three-deep on a hot speed and fought on re­ally well.

“He peaked on his run a touch but he hadn’t tri­alled be­fore that so I think that will bring him on and I think the 1100m for him sec­ond-up is per­fect.”

Rock Magic was taken to Caulfield for a fa­mil­iari­sa­tion gal­lop on Tues­day with race jockey Jar­rad Noske mak­ing the trip across from West­ern Aus­tralia for the early morn­ing hitout.

“He said he worked su­per,” Gangemi said.

“He worked as good as he ever does and got around the track well and pulled up well.”

A mul­ti­ple Group win­ner in the west, Rock Magic is on the third line of bet­ting for the Schillaci at $6.50, be­hind Shei­del ($3.60) and Su­per Cash ($5).

The Moir and Schillaci were two of four pos­si­ble spring car­ni­val races in Melbourne for Rock Magic, with the Group One Manikato Stakes and the Dar­ley Clas­sic the oth­ers.

“Ob­vi­ously the last two are go­ing to be very strong but we’ll see how he goes on Satur­day,” Gangemi said.

“We’ve also got the Win­ter­bot­tom Stakes in Perth later in the year, so we want to have him spot-on for that too.’’

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