Expect Magic at Newmarket with Miracle on cards
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).