Ed Vaughan has every reason to be excited about what the future holds for Magic J after he received quotes for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas following his winning debut at Yarmouth on Tuesday.
Having cost 950,000 dollars as a yearling, the son of Scat Daddy paid a small slice of that back when securing an eyecatching length-and-a-quarter victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Following the race, the Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned juvenile was introduced at 50-1 for the mile colts’ Classic with Paddy Power and William Hill.
Vaughan said: “We’ve been a bit nervous and had a few sleepless nights with this fellow as we think he is pretty good.
“Mine only work on the bridle at home. He has worked with nice horses and he does it incredibly easily. He will come on for that and Oisin (Murphy) has given him a beautiful ride.
“We will get him back and won’t rush him. He is a very talented horse and he will tell us when he is ready.
“He is in the Dewhurst. That’s a while off, but we will see. I’d like to go baby steps as I do it with every horse I have.
“He is a fast horse and he will get better with better company he runs in. Oisin said he took a fair while to pull him up there and he galloped out well.
“If he is good now, he is going to be good next year. He has handled it all well today. I’m really excited about this horse. It is the most excited about a horse I’ve ever been in my life.
“We’ve had some nice horses, but I think this fellow is in a different league.”
George Margarson hopes he could have a potential Pattern race performer on his hands in Protected Guest after he gained his third victory at the Norfolk track in the Dan Hague Yarmouth’s Number 1 Bookmaker Handicap.
Racing over an extended one mile and three furlongs for the first time, the 10-1 shot proved a length and a quarter too strong for Shuhood.
The Newmarket handler said: “He is a big, raw horse and by giving him time between his races he has just developed. This race was the plan when he started liking Yarmouth.
“I’m not worried about coming back in trip for the Silver Cambridgeshire. He is a proper horse and we don’t get many of those. He could reach Group Three company in time.”
Chris Dwyer celebrated a one-two in the Moulton Nursery Of Acle Handicap after Faithful Promise (12-1) defeated stablemate Precious Plum by neck to complete a brace for the Newmarket handler.
He said: “There was not a great deal between them and I fancied the pair of them to run well. Faithful Promise was entitled to do that as she has been running OK of late.”
Stall number 13 was anything but unlucky for Right About Now (7-1) who got the ball rolling for Dwyer with a length-and-a-half win the La Continental Cafe Of Great Yarmouth Handicap.
Stuart Williams has had to bide his time with Breathtaking Look (8-1), but the wait proved worthwhile after she claimed the Grosvenor Casino Of Great Yarmouth Novice Stakes by two and a quarter lengths to form the second leg of a double for Richard Kingscote.
The Newmarket handler said: “We’ve always liked her, but she has just been big and backward. She will run in another novice race now. Hopefully she can go on from this.”
The Mark Johnston-trained Massam (1-2) had earlier got Kingscote on the scoresheet when making all to collect the Robert Eustace 50th Birthday Nursery Handicap by six lengths.