Owners turn down good offers as Mogo Magic eyes Highway success

The Scott Collings-trained Mogo Magic will turn out in the $120,000 Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Bradley Photos.

There will be a lot of interest when the Scott Collings-trained Mogo Magic contests Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick. 

The three-year-old is the current $1.80 favourite in the $120,000 country-only 1000m Class Two Handicap, and Tim Clark has been booked for the ride. 

The Duporth gelding that is out of Zoumagic is a highly sought-after commodity, with connections turning down good money ahead of Saturday’s city assignment.

As far as what the future holds for Mogo Magic and any potential sale, Collings was steering clear of that conversation, and was more than happy to leave those discussions to the owners. 

“I don’t know mate. I will leave that entirely up to the ownership group,” Collings said. 

“There have been a few offers made for the horse, but the ownership group decided they want to race until Saturday’s Highway.”

Many of those involved in Mogo Magic also own Ten Bells, which is a winner of six races from 12 starts for Collings, earning just shy of $250,000 in prizemoney. 

Mogo Magic looks to have a very high ceiling too, having started twice for two wins.

Those victories include an impressive 6.73 lengths maiden win over the 1000m at the Sapphire Coast on November 3 before another runaway win in the 1065m Class One Handicap at Wagga on November 21. 

“He has been very impressive up until now,” Collings said. 

“Obviously no disrespect to his opposition, but he hasn’t beaten a great deal, but the way he goes about it and his times and margins speak for themselves.”

On February 5, the Goulburn galloper trialled on his home track, and he blew away the likes of Prophet’s Pride and Shelby Sixtysix to win by 7.36 lengths over 800m, while running home in a very good 32.78.

Collings believes the youngster will only improve off recent starts and his eye-catching trial win. 

“I think he has plenty more to offer,” Collings said. 

“As far as how good he is, we don’t really know yet and Saturday is going to give us a guide on how good he is.”

Connections have drawn gate 10, but Collings isn’t worried, with Clark a more than capable city hoop.

“He is a horse that has led in his two race starts and a couple of trials, but he definitely doesn’t have to lead,” Collings said. 

“We just want him (Clark) to let him run his own race and if that means the horse can get across and lead, that’s where he will be, but if not, he will probably be a couple of pairs back.”

Saturday’s Highway Handicap will be run and won at 12.55pm and for the full field click here