Talented import Magic Hurricane has continued his impressive run of form through the Spring Carnival at Royal Randwick over the weekend; justifying his clear favouritism when charging home for success in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
Magic Hurricane continued to receive huge support in the hours leading up to The Metropolitan, and did his chances for success absolutely no harm when jumping from the gates well and settling in prime position on the heels of the races early leaders.
Receiving an ideal run in transit, jockey James McDonald peeled the Hurricane Run gelding off the fence rounding into the final straight and allowed the horse to steady before mounting their impressive final straight assault; comfortably pulling clear to post a maiden win at the highest level ahead Beaten Up and stable mate Havana Cooler.
Godolphin secured a total of five black type wins at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, and McDonald was understandably thrilled to secure The Metropolitan win on Magic Hurricane.
“It is amazing and it is fantastic to be a part of Godolphin’s team,” McDonald said.
“Gate one was just so important for us to win this race and as soon as the barriers came out I thought ‘yeah baby’.
“It is a credit to Sheik Mohammed, he has brought six European horses down and three of them have won Group 1s, so let’s hope that Hartnell adds another one.”
Trainer John O’Shea was pleased with Magic Hurricane’s performance for success in The Metropolitan and is hopeful the result will lead to a position for the horse in the 2015 Caulfield Cup.
“I have never done anything remotely like that,” O’Shea said.
“From my perspective it is about the quality of the horses that I have to train, the people that I have around me and the facilities that I operate on.
“If most trainers had that at their disposal they would achieve similar results and I am humbled by the opportunity and always grateful for the performance of my team.
“We knew that we had the horses right and it was just a matter of Mac putting them in the right spot and things working out for us.
“We knew our preparation was right, so you always come here relaxed, it is when things don’t go well during the week that you get a bit nervous.
“Hopefully Magic has made his way into the race (the Caulfield Cup).
“He is just coming right and I said to the boys today that today would have him at his top.
“He still raced beautifully and I don’t know how he stands and if a penalty is good enough to get him into the race, but if they are happy enough to have him we are happy to run him and we will have three nice chances in the race.”
Beaten Up produced another impressive effort late to run on for second, while Havana Cooler completed arguably his most impressive performance for third in The Metropolitan.