Queensland filly Real Surreal showed a blistering turn of foot to win the $2m Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast today and deliver trainer Kelso Wood his first victory in Queensland’s richest race.
The strong field of two-year-olds jumped at a typically hectic pace which saw Real Surreal get a long way back early in the race with Michael Cahill calling the shots in the saddle.
It was a patient display of riding from Cahill who called on the daughter of Real Saga approaching the home turn before a welcome opening came in the straight.
From there Real Surreal showed sharp acceleration to reel in the field and claim top honours in the race Wood nearly won as a jockey 25 years ago.
On that occasion Wood’s mount Regent Prince was relegated to second on protest and he was thrilled to say they would not be taking this one away from him.
“It’s 25 years since I won and lost the last one but I’m not going to lose this one,” Wood said.
The Brisbane trainer has not been shy when discussing the emerging filly’s ability and she showed why when backing up just seven days after scoring a 3 1/2 length win at Eagle Farm.
“She’s a great filly, she’s going to be a beautiful three-year-old. She’s always shown me plenty of ability,” Wood said.
It was also the first win in the race for Cahill who was excited to have finally cracked it after many attempts.
“I’ve had a number of rides in it but in saying that this filly was probably my best chance and I was hopeful she’d run well. She certainly did that today,” Cahill said.
“It’s the richest race in Queensland, it’s the race I’ve desired to win.”