Ex­pect Magic at New­mar­ket with Mir­a­cle on cards

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MIR­A­CLES can hap­pen, just tune into the Ce­sare­witch Hand­i­cap over two and a quar­ter miles of ‘good to firm’ New­mar­ket to­day and watch vet­eran sta­ble jockey, Joe Fan­ning, ride Mark John­ston’s sole dec­la­ra­tion.

It’s a marathon in ev­ery sense and yes­ter­day I asked Barry Hills “is it pos­si­ble to win it with a three-year-old?” Barry growled con­temp­tu­ously, “I won it with No­madic Way in 1988, Wil­lie Car­son!”

My ques­tion was an­swered with a typ­i­cal no non­sense re­ply, af­ter I’d con­firmed Mak­ing Mir­a­cles is a hand­i­cap rick and trained by the Mid­dle­ham ‘win­ning ma­chine’ whose record with stay­ing hand­i­cap­pers is sec­ond to none in his­tory of the English rac­ing scene.

‘Johnno’ wouldn’t be jour­ney­ing this pro­gres­sive, con­sis­tent, Piv­otal geld­ing un­less con­vinced about his abil­ity to get the ex­tra dis­tance; it’s only half a mile fur­ther than a com­pet­i­tive Hay­dock hand­i­cap back in June which front-run­ning Magic Mir­a­cles turned into a pro­ces­sion with an un­chal­lenged three lengths vic­tory, un­der Richard Kingscote. Sub­se­quently ‘MM’ achieved a ‘ca­reer-best’ with Ryan Moore at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood, over 12 fur­longs, a classy type, no doubt

On the time-hand­i­cap Magic Mir­a­cles comes out 4lbs bet­ter than an­other three-year-old, Ai­dan O’Brien-trained South­ern France, re­cently third in the grade one St Leger clas­sic over fif­teen fur­longs of Don­caster; his pres­ence is a mite con­cern­ing given O’Brien’s son, Joseph won the Mel­bourne Cup last Novem­ber with our 14/1 se­lec­tion, Rekin­dling, a close fourth in the fifth and fi­nal clas­sic, which must never be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Ai­dan also sad­dles Syd­ney Opera House in the seven-run­ner listed £40000 2-y-o Zet­land Stakes over the straight 10 fur­longs, a daunt­ing sight from out there; nigh on a cer­tainty!

From an orig­i­nal en­try of eight O’Brien sad­dles three in the seven-run­ner, group one, De­whurst Stakes over seven fur­longs but surely it will be Too Darn Hot for all of them!

Thrice-raced Too Darn Hot has hit tremen­dous TH marks and it will be a sur­prise if John Gos­den’s charge is ex­tended never mind beaten for the first time; Frankie Det­tori rides.


1.50 Syd­ney Opera House (nap-e.w); 3.00 Too Darn Hot; 3.40 Mak­ing Mir­a­cles (e.w).

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