Greenham return on Magic J agenda

Ed Vaughan targeting Newbury Classic trial

  • Thursday 28 March
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Magic J is set to take his chance in what is shaping up to be a high-class renewal of the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes at Newbury next month.

Trainer Ed Vaughan is keen to try the son of Australia over seven furlongs to see in which direction to point him for the rest of the season.

The Greenham is the likely starting point for last season’s champion European two-year-old Too Darn Hot, who is a short-priced favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

“He’s in good form and we’re heading towards the Greenham with him,” said Vaughan.

“We need to get him out really and run him over seven to see where we are. He’s horse with a lot of pace.

“He’ll go there, all being well in his next two pieces of work. We want to know if he might get the mile. He’ll get to seven.

“He might be a better horse going sprinting. We don’t really know yet until we run him over seven and find out.”

The Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned Magic J, who won his only start so far at Yarmouth in September, has an entry in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

Promising stablemate Ardiente is in the 1000 Guineas, although she is not ready to make her seasonal reappearance.

“We’re just stepping her up in her work now. She’ll probably take a bit more time,” said Vaughan.

“I just want to do a bit more with her before we plot a course with her.

“She’s a nice-sized filly. I’ll speak to the owner and we’ll come up with a plan for her.”

Ardiente, owned by Anthony Oppenheimer of Golden Horn and Cracksman fame, made a winning debut at Kempton in November.

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