Champion Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver will be having his first ride on German galloper Magic Artist in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic at Ascot in Perth on Saturday but feels the 1800m will be ideal.
German trainer Andreas Wohler has given Magic Artist two runs on Australian soil for two fourths at Flemington in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on October 31 with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle and in the Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) the following Saturday for Blake Shinn.
With those two runs under his belt, Oliver is looking forward to tackling the 1800m weight for age feature in Perth on the high class German galloper.
“It looks a really nice race for him,” Oliver told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN.
“He ran a couple of huge races in the spring in the Mackinnon and the Emirates.
“The 1800m trip for him after a month off looks fantastic for him in Perth.
“They say he likes firm ground too, so he’s got a lot going for him going over there.”
Oliver has already made one return trip back to his home town of Perth this Summer but was out of luck in the two Group 1s at Ascot on Super Saturday a fortnight ago.
Oliver ran fourth on Silverstream in the Group 1 $1m Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and was then always out of contention when seventh on Real Love in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium-Railway Stakes (1600m).
Oliver was fairly pleased with the run of the Adam Durrant trained Real Love in the Railway Stakes but has opted to go with the German galloper in the weight for age Kingston Town Classic.
“She went good, just hard to make up ground today, but she worked home well,” Oliver said about Real Love’s effort in the Railway Stakes.
Managing owner Jamie Lovett from Australian Bloodstock who shares in the partnership of Magic Artist said that the five year old has settled in well into his new surroundings in Perth.
“Everything’s gone to plan,” Lovett said.
“He’s settled in well. He’s done some travelling, but he seems to handle it.
“He was competitive at the mile in the Emirates, so the nine furlongs will suit him.”
In early beating for the Kingston Town Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au, Magic Artist has been installed as the $3.60 favourite ahead of local mare Delicacy at $4.20 and Real Love and the unbeaten filly Perfect Reflection at $5.
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