Cadogan gets them thinking about Cup
BLOSSOMING five-year-old Cadogan will be given his chance to emulate Care To Think and burst from restricted grade to be a major player on Magic Millions day.
Trainer Toby Edmonds said the Magic Millions Cup was Cadogan’s long-term aim, a race Care To Think won last year after starting his campaign in Class 6 grade.
Cadogan was impressive running a quick time at Doomben a fortnight ago, but argua- bly went even better yesterday in the 1350m One Metro Win Handicap, leaving Chapter And Verse stranded in his wake at the 200m point.
Apprentice Jackson Murphy, whose claim brought Cadogan in with 51kg, said he still had “another two gears” up his sleeve.
Edmonds said owner Bob Guth sent the son of Smart Missile to the stable with the intent of going for the Magic Millions Cup.
“I said to him, ‘are you sure? Have a look at his form?’, but he insisted he was a good horse if we could get him right,” Edmonds said.
“It took us a few runs to get fit this time in and now he’s hit top form he’s showing what he’s capable of.
‘‘I think we will run in a benchmark race next and then hopefully that will get his rating up high enough to make the field on Magic Millions day.”
Murphy was praised for his patient ride, after looking in a spot of bother when ‘‘buried’’ in the field at the 600m point.
“He didn’t panic and got behind the right horse before getting out when he needed to,” Edmonds said.
Murphy has no doubt Cadogan, who was a $280,000 Magic Millions yearling, is capable of going to the next level. “He put them to the sword. He gave me plenty of confidence throughout the run and he was just brilliant.’’
It completed a double for the Edmonds-Murphy combination, with Lulu Express coming from the clouds to win the second race on the card.
DOING IT EASILY: Jackson Murphy lets Cadogan cruise to the line to sc stylish win at Doomben yesterday. Picture: AAP