Tumut Cup winner locks in Country Championships berth

Connections of the Kym Davison-trained Jack’s All Magic, which won Saturday’s Tumut Cup. Photo: Tumut Turf Club.

Kym Davison didn’t beat around the bush when explaining why he targeted Saturday’s Tumut Cup with up-and-coming galloper Jack’s All Magic.

The Magic Albert gelding had started eight times for three wins and two seconds before Saturday’s race, and connections needed a top-two finish to all but guarantee a start in the $150,000 Southern Districts Country Championship qualifier on February 25.

“We wanted to make sure we got into the Country Championships qualifier,” Davison said. 

“That was the only reason I went there, and I told the owners that we had two options; one was to go to Wagga and the other was to race at Tumut, and I asked them how keen they were to get in (the Country Championships), because we know that (benchmark) 66 will be the cut-off.

“We went there knowing if he ran second, he would have got two (benchmark) points and that would be enough, or if he won, he would get four or five points, and it worked out well and we went home happy.”

Ridden by Simon Miller, the five-year-old didn’t disappoint connections despite drifting from $2.80 favourite to $4 second favourite when running down tearaway leader Eamonn’s Memory (Coriah Keatings, $7.50) from the Andrew Dale yard to win 0.27 of a length, while in third and 2.19 lengths back was race favourite Buzz ‘N’ Joe (Nick Souquet, $3.60) from the Mitch Beer stable. 

“We went there confident. I only got concerned when I got there because at first, they put the track up as a soft seven, then a good four, and then a firm two, so I was concerned it might be too hard,” Davison said. 

“Still, on a hard, tight-turning track, ability got him over the line.”

Not many jockeys know Tumut better than Simon Miller, and despite the Albury galloper having his moments in the $19,000 feature, Davison said that a mix of class and good riding got Jack’s All Magic home for the win. 

“Simon did the right thing and got him going at the 600m and got him up to second and coming around the turn we were only one and a half lengths back, but he wobbled around the turn and then all of a sudden, we were three lengths behind,” Davison said, 

“The horse likes winning, and he knuckled down and got there in the last few strides. It was a good win and a good ride; he balanced up, lengthened, and charged home.”

The Magic Albert gelding has now won four from his last five starts, with his only failure during that good run of form on what Davison described as a ‘shifting’ track at Albury. 

Davison believes Albury will be perfect when hosting the Country Championships qualifier later this month, and he was looking forward to racing Jack’s All Magic on his home track. 

“The track will be in perfect condition here in a couple of weeks’ time,” Davison said. 

“It’s good for us; you haven’t got the travel to start with, and the horses know where they are.

“We are looking forward to it, and now we can sit back and relax for the next 10 days.”

Big Day Out wins Tumut sprint 

Craig Weeding enjoyed another good day at Tumut on Saturday, with the Victorian trainer bagging three winners, including a victory in the Inaugural Tumut Sprint. 

Ridden by Jake Duffy, Big Day Out ($3.90) was too good in the five-furlong event, beating the Kerry Weir-trained Charming Pat (Richard Bensley, $31) by 0.6 of a length, while in third and 1.11 lengths back was the Andrew Dale-trained Mojo Magic (Coriah Keatings, $3.10). 

Weeding and Duffy also won with Toronto Rain ($3.70) in the 1200m Class One Handicap, and Fox Appeal ($1.30) in the 1000m Maiden Plate. 

Other winners on the day included the Michelle Russell-trained Star Writer (Jason Lyon, $2.60) in the 1400m Maiden Handicap, and the Andrew Dale-trained Lotus Land (Brad Vale, $6.50) in the 1400m Class Two Handicap.

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