THE UPS AND DOWNS OF OWNERSHIP!
Mar 16, 2015
Macquarie Magic broke his maiden in style at Yarra Valley yesterday and in doing so provided his owners Noel and Sue McFarlane with their first and biggest thrill in racing!
The story behind Macquarie Magic is well worth reading and no doubt resonates with many owners.
It all started 2 years ago with a visit to the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast. "We were extremely green and didn't have a great deal of knowledge about racing or breeding but we thought it would be fun to buy a horse" recalled Noel.
"We only looked at a couple of yearlings before Sue fell in love with a jet black colt by Danzero. We knew Gerry Harvey through an acquaintance so Gerry had his vet check him over and Gerry advised is that he would be worth around $40k" said Noel.
"We went to $40k but he was knocked down to a young Victorian trainer called Jason Warren for $45k. Sue was devastated. I got someone to introduce me to Jason and I offered to buy the horse. Jason agreed to sell provided he got to train him. I agreed and so the journey began."
"He had his first start at Terang in the middle of last year after a promising trial. We flew down from Newcastle and made the long trip out to Terang. It wasn't exactly Flemington or Randwick. It wasn't exactly a dream beginning. The horse got his tongue over the bit and faded to finish out the back."
"He had a few setbacks after his first run (a cut leg, sore hamstrings etc) and Sue and I started to wonder whether it was all worth it. We came down to watch his second start when he resumed from a spell at Sale. He was beaten 9L by Sistonic. Jase said he would improve with blinkers on."
"He lined up at Mornington at 60-1 and ran out of his skin with the blinkers on..he kicked on the corner and looked home. Altough he got beaten, there was more than a glimmer of hope."
"He went back to Sale at his 4th start and ran honestly but just didn't have the sprint. Jase said he would be better suited over more ground. The next assignment was Yarra Valley and straight to 1500m."
"With the Grand Prix sending flight prices through the roof, we decided to stay in Newcastle and watch it on TV. Of course he won! The disappointment of not being there was only momentary. We had been waiting for this moment for 2 years and it was a moment to treasure" smiled Noel.
"It's been a great ride and Jason and the team have done a superb job with the horse and have been a great support for us along the way".
With his confidence up, Macquarie Magic will now head to a race on Mornington Cup Day and I think there is a good chance that the novacatrians will make the journey down to watch their boy go around!