Magic Winners At Launceston
Competitive racing was the story of the night and one of the night's feature races provided the smallest winning margin in the race's history.
Star Witness filly Heaven's Delight made a brilliant start to her racing career when she edged out the favourite Derasa to win the $50,000 Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic at Mowbray in Launceston on Wednesday night.
Heaven's Delight, who had trialled brilliantly leading into the race, led her rivals into the straight.
Derasa, narrowly beaten in the recent Elwick Stakes in Hobart, sat second and looked the winner when she ranged up in the straight.
However Heaven's Delight was able to fight back on the fence and win, much to the joy of her trainer Gary White.
"That was a big effort from the outside barrier at her first start,” White said.
Heaven's Delight was presented at last year's Magic Milions Tasmanian Yearling Sale by Armidale Stud but was passed in after failing to reach her $50,000 reserve.
Her yearling full brother by Star Witness will be presented in the Armidale draft at this year’s sale on Thursday.
Heaven's Delight and her sale bound full brother are from the smart Stratum mare Heaven's Choice, a daughter of Prayer Time who is a winning half-sister to Victoria Derby winner Polanski.
The progressive galloper Happy Halloween added a feature win to his resume when he proved too strong in the $50,000 Tasbreeders Magic Millions 3YO Classic on Wednesday night.
Trained by Stuart Gandy, Happy Halloween proved a length too strong for his rivals under the urgings of in-form rider Siggy Carr.
"He's been a great pick up for the stable," Gandy said. "He's a lovely horse - easy to train and is racing in great form."
A $56,000 purchase for her owner Graeme Gathercole at the 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Happy Halloween was bred by Gerry Harvey and sold by Baramul Stud.
A gelded son of Congrats, Happy Halloween is from an unraced Encosta de Lago daughter of the G2 winner Magically.
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