Magic will do the trick
By GREG WHITE
COFFS Harbour trainer Brett Dodson aims to win today's historic Ramornie Handicap in Grafton with the veteran of the field.
Rising nine-year-old Words of Magic will have his second start for the stable since finishing a first-up fifth in the Gosford Pacesetter Stakes on a heavy track at Randwick on June 24.
"The horse was scratched from the Prelude and I would like to have given him another run before this but I reckon the old bloke will still go close," the trainer said confidently.
"He's already won at Grafton over the 1200 and at his other start was beaten two lengths in the big race last year.
"Brad Stewart will have him on the pace so it's up to the others to try to run him down."
The heavyweight Brisbane-based rider picked up the ride when Kathy O'Hara and Glen Colless were both suspended and Zac Purton elected to fulfil city commitments.
"Brad sits on well and has ridden plenty of winners for me and can ride close to the weight of 56.5kg, Dodson said..
"Starlactic is going to be hard to beat and you can't leave out the horses here just for this race that we don't know much about."
Dodson will head Words of Magic to Brisbane for a $100,000 quality sprint race after today's start.
7 ? 3.48 Black Toyota Ramornie Hcp 1200m
(Apprentices cannot claim)
Prize money: $125,000; 1st $81,250 and trophies $1,300; 2nd$25,000; 3rd $11,250; 4th $5,000; 5th $2,500.
1 ? 3750 Picaday (17) S Katsidis 56.5
2 ? 18X5 Words Of Magic tdn (2) B N Stewart 56.5
3 ? 2351 Mac's Tune dm (9) W Pearson (a) 56.0
4 ? X227 Sir Breakfast cd (6) A Robinson 56.0
5 ? 1112 Starlactic tdmbh (1) R Mc Mahon (a) 56.0
6 ? 3538 For Valour d (15) Ms L Morrison 54.5
7 ? 0646 King Rex cdm (10) M Cahill 54.5
8 ? 6427 Panzer d (18)Scratched 54.5
9 ? 4470 Langborghini dn (7) G Buckley 54.0
10 ? 4X13 Silk And Money dm (8) A Chau (a) 54.0
11 ? 7111 Dan City dm (13) R Thompson 53.5
12 ? 3158 Umatrick tcdmh (5) B S Compton 53.5
13 ? 1115 San Franfrisco dm (14) C Whiteley 53.0
14 ? 2X20 Zarouk dm (12) Mitchell Bell 53.0
15 ? 10X1 Cooder dmn (3) S Thurlow 53.0
16 ? 9X70 Captain Bax dm (16) 53.0
17 ? 2054 Forestreno tcdbh (19) 53.0
18 ? 4311 Sectagonal dm (4) 53.0
19 ? 0299 Court Adjourned db (11) 53.0
Steve Archbold: Silk and Money, Starlactic, Umatrick.
Greg White: For Valour, Starlactic, Sir Breakfast.
Brad Greenshields: Starlactic, Silk and Money, Dan City.