Cado­gan gets them think­ing about Cup

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

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

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