It was a big night last Saturday at the Haven general store, five kilometres from Horsham, after evergreen nine-year-old Magic Consol gave proprietor Pete McFarlane and Horsham trainer Paul Preusker the biggest win of their time in racing.
Racing for the first time since winning the listed Winter Championship in July, Magic Consol was one of the outsiders at $19 in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at The Valley, with the weight-for-age conditions thought to be a problem for the 98 rater.
But no one told the son of Consolidator, who found the box seat under Jordan Childs and appeared to be travelling stronger than his more fancied rivals.
Rounding the home turn, the chestnut had the tiring Hartnell beaten and stormed to the lead.
Magic Consol fought hard to the line, withstanding a challenge from the fast-finishing Homesman to score narrowly.
McFarlane bred and part-owns the gelding, who has now amassed $724,265 in stakes.
Magic Consol now holds an exemption from the ballot for the Cox Plate, but his connections are undecided on whether to tackle Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
Hero breaks drought
Stawell trainer John Rowe ended a near 11-year absence from the winners circle at Narracoorte last Sunday with Melbourne Hero ($21) in the Cooper’s Brewery Maiden Plate (1000m).
Ridden by Anna Jordsjo, Melbourne Hero travelled strongly on the speed despite being forced to race a little deep.
The daughter of Von Costa de Hero loomed large at the top of the straight and began to work home.
She briefly appeared to be beaten, but found another gear, accelerating strongly to score by a length.
It was the first winner for Rowe since Vain Chick on December 31, 2007.