Creek’s Wiz­ard looks to re­write his­tory at Mor­phettville

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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