Creek’s Wizard looks to rewrite history at Morphettville
CASINO Wizard will make history tomorrow by becoming the first horse to win three straight Listed SAJC Christmas Handicaps (1200m) at Morphettville.
The Mount Gambier housed eight-year-old has followed an almost identical path towards the 2018 feature having his final lead-up run in the Listed SAJC City Of Marion (1200m) each time.
In 2016, the Lee Creektrained gelding was fourth in the Marion before his inaugural Christmas Handicap win.
Last year, Casino Wizard was runner-up and while he goes into tomorrow’s race off an unplaced (sixth) in the Marion, his run contained considerable merit says Creek who is adamant his charge is going as well this year as he was leading into previous two victories.
“He has been set for this race,” Creek told Sportsman.
drew 12 out of 12 in the City Of Marion and had a pretty torrid run. He probably wasn’t entitled to finish as close as he did.
“His two runs in Melbourne were just complete disasters so I have forgotten about them.
“He is in great order. I ride him every day and he is going as good as he was last year.”
Casino Wizard has won 16 races and placed 14 times from his 57 starts with earnings closing in on $750,000.
“We only paid $15,000 for him as a yearling and his prizemoney could have doubled. He probably should won the Goodwood last year when he ran third. He’s been good to me,” Creek said.
Tomorrow’s Christmas Handicap also marks former star sprinter Takedown’s first run for new trainer Darren Weir.
The $1.6m winning son of Stratum did all his previous racing under the care of Arc de Triomphe-winning jockey and Rosehill based trainer Gary Moore.
Takedown’s career highlight came in the 2016 Group 1 WATC Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) Perth.
Casino Wizard is lining up for his thrid win in the Christmas Handicap at Morphettville tomorrow.