Vaughan keeping options open for Dewhurst entry Magic

Thu 4 Oct 2018

Ed Vaughan is still planning the next step with his highly regarded youngster Magic J.

An impressive winner on debut at Yarmouth, the son of the ill-fated stallion Scat Daddy still holds an entry in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.

While Vaughan feels that may be too big an ask on just his second start for the $950,000 colt, he has not totally ruled it out just yet.

“He’s a work in progress. I said at the time (of his Yarmouth run) he’s a horse that hadn’t come off the bridle before, and you can see from how well he travels why he would be a very hard horse to get off the bridle at home,” the trainer told

“He’s going to come forward for that and he had a little breeze on Saturday just over three furlongs.

“He’s come out of that race really well – Oisin (Murphy) gave him the perfect introduction, (and) he didn’t realise he had a race. His mind was really good, and he’s come forward both mentally and physically for it.

“He’s still in the Dewhurst. Obviously that’s a big step for a second run – you really need a couple of runs, going into these better class of races.

“There’s a Group One race in France at the end of the month for him, and there’s the Rockingham at York. It will depend more on ground to which race we go to.”

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