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Magic Results At Ballarat Cup Meeting

Trainer Tony McEvoy launched his attack on the Magic Millions Classic at Ballarat on Satureday when he scooped the quinella in the $200,000 Clockwise Classic.

Magic Results At Ballarat Cup Meeting

Trainer Tony McEvoy launched his attack on the Magic Millions Classic at Ballarat on Satureday when he scooped the quinella in the $200,000 Clockwise Classic.

His two starters Despatch Nistaan were both making their racing debuts in Victoria's most unique race which is run in the right handed direction for two-year-olds as an early lead-up to the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast in January.

Despatch and Nistaan were part of a group of six horses McEvoy trialled at Ballarat in the clockwise direction over three separate sessions.


McEvoy's Melbourne foreman Michael Shepherdson said the stable believed the pair were the best placed to handle the Ballarat Cup meeting.

"Despatch jumped cleaner in his trial and we thought he would put himself up there while the other guy, when he gets to a bigger track and has the chance to wind up, that will suit him," Shepherdson said.

"The idea in coming here and trialling was to give them as much experience as we can and to get some prizemoney to make it worthwhile to go to the Gold Coast.

"Having that prizemoney in the bank they can go up there now and you're nearly guaranteed a start."

"They are both very exciting types.”

Written Tycoon colt Despatch was purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $195,000 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale in March from the draft of Baramul Stud.

The good looking son of Written Tycoon was a successful pin-hook for Baramul's Paul and Amanda Thompson after they purchased him for $40,000 from the Woodside Park Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Despatch is the third winner from four to race for the Fasliyev mare Zoccoletta.

A winner of three races, Zoccoletta is the dam of five time winner Dyletta and is a daughter of the G3 Fernhill Handicap winner Vita.

Despatch's third dam Penita (Pepenador) won five races in SOuth America including two G1s and was the champion mare of Argentina.

Despatch's victory was the fourth individual win from 14 two-year-old starters this season for McEvoy, who went on a spending spree at the yearling sales earlier in 2016.

The McEvoy stable brought up a race-to-race double when Dollar For Dollar took out the Suez McKellar Mile at his first start since April while Despatch’s jockey Luke Nolen completed the feature Magic Millions double at Ballarat when he partnered the classy Speedeor to win the $100,000 MM 3&4YO Classic on the Cup program.

A brilliant winner at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, Speedeor has won three of his four starts and will now head to the Gold Coast for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

"I think he will come on a bit more from that," said winning trainer Darren Weir. "We'll have a crack at the Gold Coast now.”

A colt by Northern Meteor, Speedeor was bred by Baramul Stud’s Paul Thompson and sold through the Baramul draft at John Foote for $45,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

Speedeor is the first winner to date for the twice raced Stravinsky mare Speed Dating, a half sister to the outstanding Singapore galloper Lim's Objective.


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