Trainer John Moore says exciting three-year-old Magic Legend won’t be rushed to group races just yet despite a commanding Class Two win at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Magic Legend was the only three-year-old among entries for the upcoming Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize on May 7 but Moore said he would prefer to take a more cautious, step-by-step approach and stick to handicaps.
“He won’t be going to the Group One, we will look for other options and let him climb through the grades,” Moore said after Magic Legend scored by three-quarters of a length off a mark of 90.
“He will stay in Class Two range after that and there is a 80-105 ratings band Class Two coming up on April 17. I like to let my horses progress without putting them in the deep end too early and that’s what we will do with this fellow. He has a very bright future.
“We’ve got a talent on our hands and we don’t want to waste it. Everything went to plan with him there, the gear change worked perfectly.”
Magic Legend had won twice up the straight but the addition of a crossed noseband proved crucial as Douglas Whyte crossed to lead from barrier eight.
After Magic Legend found the rail he soon relaxed into a steady rhythm and showed a surprising kick after turning.
“It was imperative we found the rail,” Whyte said. “The crossed noseband certainly helped me with his tractability. I was able to not have to fight him, he came back on his own. He indicated to me that there is a lot more to come, he is still improving and is an exciting young horse.”
Getting across still cost Whyte a two-day careless riding suspension as stewards ruled he had not left sufficient room and caused interference to race favourite House Of Fun.
Whyte will begin his suspension after Magic Legend’s next start, the South African taking his two days, missing the Thursday night fixture at Happy Valley on April 20 and the following meeting at Sha Tin on April 23.
Umberto Rispoli was the only other jockey suspended, booked for careless riding in the final stages of race nine on Home Run and suspended for the meetings at Sha Tin on April 4 and 9.