Melbourne’s leading jockey Damien Oliver will ride the favourite Magic Artist in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday week.
Magic Arstist is still under the care on prominent German trainer Andreas Wohler and has been installed the as the $4 favourite for the Kingston Town Classic with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Local mare Delicacy is next in the betting at $4.60 ahead of a strong Western Australian contingent of Real Love at $5, Perfect Reflection at $7 and Black Heart Bart at $8.
The German trained galloper made two appearances during the Melbourne Spring Carnival for two fourth at Flemington.
Magic Artist was beaten one length when fourth to Gailo Chop in the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on October 31 with Brenton Avdulla and followed that up with a fourth to Turn Me Loose in Group 1 $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) on the last day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival with Blake Shinn in the saddle.
“He’ll be a nice ride,” Oliver’s manager Mark Van Triet told The West Australian.
“He didn’t have a lot of luck in Melbourne this spring.
“If he brings that form over he’ll be hard to beat.”
Oliver returned to his home State last weekend to ride at the rich Super Saturday meeting at Ascot but was out of luck from five rides and is hoping for a better result on Kingston Town Classic Day.
Oliver had rides in both Group 1 races last Saturday and just missed a place when 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 last Saturday about Real Love’s effort in the Railway Stakes.
Managing owner Jamie Lovett from Australian Bloodstock who share in the pattnership 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.”
W.A Guineas winner Man Booker is a good chance to take on the older horses in the Kingston Town Classic and is marked at a $15 chance alongside of Balmont Girl who ran a handy third to Good Project in the Railway Stakes.
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has opted not to run Railway Stakes winner Good Project in the Kingston Town Classic and the four year old will head back to the Eastern States for a spell.
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