Magic can slake Allan's thirst for big-day Success
There's nothing like the international spotlight to bring the best out in the Ivan Allan stable.
Time and time again, the master mentor likes to set his runners to do well on these big days, not just in the International events or the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, but on the supporting card, too.
This afternoon could well be a case in point with his Success Magic working particularly well in readiness for the Class Three third event.
It's a dash down the straight 1,000-metre chute and this should suit this improving speedster who didn't handle the top bend at Happy Valley last time.
He also looked as if the race would bring him on last time as he was returning from a short spell and is a giant of a horse, and a smashing sprint type. Since then Allan has put plenty of work into him, including from the barriers from which he's been a bit tardy.
Success Magic has more than answered Allan's questions and yesterday's dash alongside QEII Cup hopeful Oriental Express will have been the perfect pipe-opener.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam yard has finally started to fire better over the last month or so.
Yesterday his World Star came through a solid 1,200-metre hitout alongside stablemate Capital Star.
World Star is improving and getting fitter with every gallop and looked most unlucky not to at least run the quinella last time.
He appears to have gone on with it since and Eric Legrix appears equally keen to retain the mount as he rode him in yesterday's gallop.
With only a couple of months of the season left, it is also coming to the time when a few smokies for next term are worth considering.
The Geoff Lane-trained College Kid could be one of them.
He was badly drawn on debut and looked above himself for his only other start and ran accordingly.
But his work suggests he can prevail in Class Four but it could be that by the time he's hard racing fit he could be in Class Five.
TRACK TRACKWORK Lawrence Wadey