Classy galloper Magic Artist is heading to Perth after not receiving an invite to the Hong Kong International race meeting in December
Trainer Andreas Wohler was hoping the import would be invited to contest the Hong Kong Cup (2000m) but managing part-owner Jamie Lovett of Australian Bloodstock said they have turned to “plan b”.
Magic Artist started twice during the Flemington carnival finishing on the placegetters heels in the Group I Mackinnon Stakes and a strong fourth, in the worst part of the track, in the Emirates Stakes.
“We didn’t get a start in Hong Kong so I’m just waiting for the itinerary schedules for Perth and that’s where we’ll probably head,” Lovett said.
“We think he’s a lovely firm track horse so the Perth carnival is an attractive option.
“He’s rock-hard fit coming off two unlucky runs so we don’t want to go to the paddock and wait for the autumn.
“Andreas said we planned to go to Hong Kong a week later so we may as well head west and run him in the Kingston Town (Classic) as it’s worth $1 million.”
Lovett said it would be unlikely that Magic Artist would run in the Railway Stakes with Wohler preferring to give him a month between runs.
Magic Artist will make the trip to Perth on Sunday and is an $8 chance in Sportsbet’s all-in Kingston Town Classic market.
Lovett said a decision on who will ride Magic Artist would be made “in the next 48 hours”.