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Jockey praises filly’s never say die attitude
Sam Spratt paid tribute to It’s Time For Magic’s fighting qualities after they upset the commanding favourite at Wanganui.
The Pukekohe-based jockey’s trip south on Saturday was made worthwhile by the tenacious filly, who downed last season’s Group One winner Luna Rossa in the Listed O’Leary’s Fillies Stakes.
It’s Time For Magic, who had placed in two of her three starts, jumped to the front and she showed her steely resolve in the straight by rallying for a half-head decision.
“I was quietly confident because she had gone so well at Taupo, but I thought the other one had had us covered in the straight so it was a very good run – my filly’s a really tough one.”
While It’s Time For Magic has yet to strike a good surface, Spratt believes the three-year-old will continue to be a force with the advent of the firmer ground.
“I think she could improve again – she’s a quick filly and the summer tracks shouldn’t bother her,” she said.
For trainer Robert Priscott, It’s Time For Magic opened his winning account at Wanganui.
The Te Awamutu trainer, who has rarely ventured to the River City course during a lengthy career, enjoyed the victory on two fronts as he is also a part-owner of the daughter of Per Incanto, who is from the family of the Group One winners Legs and Sixty Seconds.
It’s Time For Magic has proved to be a smart investment for Priscott, whose wife Karen is also involved in the ownership, as he claimed the filly at Karaka for just $1200. – NZ Racing Desk.