Magic bursts through in chase for big prize
Burst Of Magic lived up to his name in the second round of the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup, putting his best foot forward for a superb 28.50 seconds victory as the hunt for the big prize hots up.
Magic’s win paid a huge compliment to Mutual Agreement, his conqueror from the week before who was then withdrawn from the £10,000 event after being sold for a substantial sum.
“The offer was too good to turn down,” said Mutual's trainer Gerry Flynn. “He's actually better the further he goes as he showed over 575 at Lifford. He'll do very well in England.”
Magic's cause on Saturday night was helped by Ballyhill Lexi, a first round winner, not running as the bitch, like Mutual, a Crash progeny, has also been bought for a campaign across the Irish Sea.
And so the brindle son of Ballymac Maeve, trained by Magherafelt's Sharon Hurley, didn't have too much trouble in winning.
Quickly away, he made the corner in front of Brian Macklin's Star Head and they finished in that order in heat four in 28.50.
The opening heat saw Moorlands Chriss reverse the previous week's form with Paradise Martini, although the latter, after a slow exit, took a bump from Crack Away at the first turn which put paid to his chances.
He did well to finish third as Pat McKee's Tyrone runner overhauled early leader Transfer Target for a length victory from the stayer Brisbane Bound (28.86).
China Special was another to overturn first round form. The black dog owned by Omagh pair Cathal Maguire and Gavin McKernan made a nonsense of his odds of 5/1 by leading all the way and holding on for a short-head decision over Gizmo Classic who as usual finished strongly.
Farloe Papa was only half a length away in third, the winner clocking a very sharp 28.53.
Fraser Black's Mays Milan booked his place in the semi-finals, coming home four lengths ahead of Fane Bur. The winning time was 28.60.
Semi-final draw: First: Brisbane Bound, Moorlands Chriss, Fane Blur, Ruthless Man, Star Head, Gizmo Classic.
Second: China Special, Swanley Champ, Paradise Martini, Farloe Papa, Burst of Magic, Mays Milan.