No stopping the 'Train' tomorrow
ANTHONY NUNES' HOUDINI'S MAGIC has been hard hit by the conditions after his first-ever open allowance win, picking up 12lb for a two-length win over LONG RUNNING TRAIN three weeks ago, effectively killing his chances of completing a hat-trick in tomorrow?s rematch with the United States-bred filly.
HOUDINI'S MAGIC is actually 19lb heavier as Nunes has opted not to recall apprentice Dane Dawkins, using Shane Ellis at 57.0 kilos, probably out of frustration after seeing the 17lb advantage his colt enjoyed reduced to a possible four pounds were he to call on the three-kilo claimer again.
LONG RUNNING TRAIN was clearly hobbled by the burden when beaten by HOUDINI'S MAGIC at a mile, forced to keep pace with the leaders down the backstretch in splits of 46.4 and 1:10.2, running from post-position one with the big weight of 55.5 kilos.
HOUDINI'S MAGIC was light enough, 48.5 kilos, to settle off the pace and pulled alongside LONG RUNNING TRAIN off the home turn before dismissing the leaders, DREAM COME TRUE and DWAYNE STAR.
Now running with 57.0 kilos at 1500 metres, three pounds heavier than LONG RUNNING TRAIN, HOUDINI'S MAGIC is not expected to repeat his giant-killing act against the American filly.
Gary Subratie's BRAWN, a surprise winner at 1000 metres round, has also paid the price for a shock win, coming in at 57.0 kilos, 10 heavier than when he had finished on LONG RUNNING TRAIN's heels when both were beaten by HOUDINI'S MAGIC.