Magic sprinter is ready for his re­turn

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

HEATHERLY and VEGA MAGIC starred at last Fri­day’s jumpouts with the former hold­ing a nar­row ad­van­tage the com­ple­tion of

fastest heat of morn­ing. The Mathew Eller­ton and Si­mon Zahra-trained daugh­ter of Lonhro recorded 43.08 for the trip of ap­prox­i­mately 800m which was about a se­cond quicker than any other heat.

She is likely to re­sume at Moonee Val­ley later this month and in ter­rific shape to kick off an­other prepa­ra­tion.

The Hayes and Daber­ing part­ner­ship have plenty of op­tions for Good­wood win­ner Vega Magic, in­clud­ing Caulfield this Satur­day, and he also looks on track for an­other suc­cess­ful cam­paign.

The Team Corstens-trained KOBAYASHI is pro­gress­ing well lead­ing into his spring prepa­ra­tion and has two re­cent jumpout vic­to­ries to credit.

After win­ning a jumpout down the straight cou­ple of weeks ago he also led to win a heat on

steeple grass last Fri­day clock­ing 44.01 for the dis­tance of about 800m.

Al­though he has been a bit slick for his op­po­si­tion in the jumpouts men­tioned he hasn’t been ex­tended in win­ning those heats and is ready to run well when he re­sumes the next week or so.

TAHI was un­able to se­cure at start at Flemington last Satur­day but the son of O’Reilly, out of the Group 1 win­ning mare Glam­our Puss, looks well placed in an al­ter­na­tive event at Sandown to­mor­row.

Danny O’Brien has main­tained his fit­ness with a jumpout fol­low­ing en­cour­ag­ing run down the Flemington straight and he is sure to prove hard to beat at Sandown. POTEMKIN has recorded con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries for the Mike Moroney sta­ble and he was kept up to the mark with a solid per­for­mance in a jumpout last Fri­day.

After sit­ting be­hind WILD HORI­ZON, an un­raced three-yearold daugh­ter of Fast­net Rock pre­pared by Team Hawkes, he fin­ished along­side her and they stopped the clock in 44.90 for the trip of ap­prox­i­mately 800m.

Potemkin steps up grade at Sandown to­mor­row but still has plenty of up­side and is ca­pa­ble of mea­sur­ing up to the stronger com­pany.

Nigel Black­iston pre­sented GROOVIN’ in out­stand­ing or­der to win first-up at Bendigo re­cently and the daugh­ter of Master­crafts­man has trained on well since that vic­tory.

She wasn’t out to run fast time last Tues­day and had plenty of Spring in her step after run­ning 1000m 1.13.19 her fi­nal 400m in 26.83 on Tues­day morn­ing.

Con­nec­tions have a cou­ple of op­tions for her at Sandown to­mor­row and she should prove hard to beat in which­ever event they de­cide is the most suit­able.

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