Veteran weaves his magic at the Valley
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Veteran weaves his magic at the Valley

Oldie a goodie: Nine-year-old Magic Consul sweeps around the field to win at Moonee Valley.

Oldie a goodie: Nine-year-old Magic Consul sweeps around the field to win at Moonee Valley.Credit:AAP

Not even the chance to take on Winx and be a part of Australian turf history is likely to tempt the connections of galloper Magic Consol to take up their guaranteed spot in the Cox Plate after the Paul Preusker-trained veteran caused a boilover in the group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The nine-year-old was the veteran of the 11-strong field but was simply too tough for his more illustrious younger rivals – who included several group 1 winners, a Royal Ascot scorer, an Oaks winner and a Caulfield Guineas hero.

Magic Consol has an excellent record over the Valley 1600 metres, having won twice and been placed twice from six attempts. But they were in handicaps and lesser company. Going into this race with a rating of 98, only the progressive and much younger Night’s Watch, who started favourite, was rated lower.

Yet none of that counted for much when the Jordan Childs-ridden $19 shot had just enough left in the tank to hold off Lloyd Williams’ Homesman ($15) by a short head, with Night’s Watch a head back third.

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It was an excellent reappearance by Homesman, yet another Team Williams import from the Irish Coolmore operation, who will surely be better over a longer trip.

But nothing can be taken away from Magic Consol, who gave his owners their biggest day.

‘‘You are normally watching these sort of races on television, group races, not imagining you can win one yourself. This is the biggest winner we have had,’’ said Peter McFarlane, who owns the horse with Bronny Fenton and former trainer Barbara Marshman.

‘‘You don’t think you will be a group winner with a country bred horse, with a country trainer. It’s so much better. My wife Donna is at home watching it on television. She is probably on the floor now.’’

‘‘He’s nine ... he’s a slow learner,’’ joked Marshman. ‘‘I thought, Gee Paul, that’s a big ask for an old horse when he wanted to run here.’’

The win was even more rewarding as he was a cheap home-bred horse.

‘‘Shally’s Magic has been a great mare for us. She has thrown a lot of good horses. We bought Shally as a $4000 horse 15 or 20 years ago, and look what she’s bred,’’ said McFarlane.

But a clash with Winx for a horse who has now won his last three starts – including the Winter Championship final at Flemington in July – is unlikely.

‘‘Sixteen hundred metres is his trip. We think the 2040 of the Cox Plate is too far,’’ McFarlane said.

• The Golden Rose in Sydney could be on the agenda for the Troy Corstens trained filly Thrillster, who took out the listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes under Noel Callow, while the Trent Busuttin/Natalie Young training team have a Caulfield Guineas outsider in Tavirun, who led throughout to win the 1Print Handicap for three-year-olds, bursting the boom on Darren Weir’s Approach Discreet.

Seductive Miss was a welcome city winner for John Salanitri in the opener when she landed her fourth win from 14 starts, while the Jarrod McLean-prepared Trap For Fools stamped himself as a stayer who could play a big role in the spring when he scored easily in the Harrolds Handicap in the hands of Brad Rawiller.

Apprentice Jack Martin won on the Gelagotis brothers-trained Moss’N’Dale in the final event.