Oaks reality check for Cecil's Magic
SIR HENRY CECIL, has the favourite for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas and he will discover whether he has an Investec Oaks candidate among his team as well when the impeccably bred Magic Of Reality makes her racecourse debut at Newbury today.
The trainer saddled once-raced all-weather winner Hot Snap to capture the Nell Gwyn Stakes on Wednesday and gives Magic Of Reality, entered at both Epsom and in the Irish Oaks, her first start in the 1m2f Whitley Maiden Fillies' Stakes (4.45), a race won in 2011 by Oaks winner Dancing Rain.
Magic Of Reality, owned by the Niarchos family, is a daughter of Galileo out of the dam Breathe who is a half-sister to the top class miler Six Perfections who in turn was out of the multiple champion Miesque, the dam of Kingmambo and East Of The Moon. With the Andrew Balding trained Vicksburg she is one of only two fillies in the race holding Classic entries.
The Niarchos family racing manager Alan Cooper said: "She didn't run last year so is making her debut. All being well she can give a good account of herself. She has Classic entries but having not run at two one is a bit in the dark. She's shown some promise but we need to see on the racecourse if the entries are franked. All being well she will run very well. On pedigree you wouldn't know quite how far she will stay. The dam's side is more mile than mile and a half but we will be a lot wiser after tomorrow."
Cecil won the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup Conditions Stakes with Light Shift, who went on to win the Oaks for the Niarchos Family, on the corresponding card five years ago but has no runner this year's five- runner renewal of which Godolphin's Derby entry Cap O'Rushes is the only horse with a Classic engagement.
As well as Newbury, Ayr and Fontwell race this afternoon while there is racing at Bath and Southwell this evening. Wexford stages the sole meeting in Ireland.