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  • John Curtis


SUNDAY: May 2, 2021: PROMISING Hawkesbury youngster Anagain will be chasing metropolitan prizemoney at Saturday’s inaugural Gosford stand-alone meeting.

And a Brisbane winter carnival mission is on the agenda if she wins the 2YO Handicap (1200m).

The Hinchinbrook filly’s multiple Group 1 winning trainer Garry Frazer initially had been thinking about spelling her after an excellent second at Royal Randwick during The Championships, but changed tack when she did so well during a short break.

“I gave her a week in the paddock after she ran in the Kindergarten Stakes on April 10,” Frazer said today.

“Anagin has raced only twice, and they are two-year-olds only once.

“If we are lucky enough to win at Gosford, she will go to Brisbane for the Sires Produce Stakes.”

The Group 2 BRC Sires (1400m) carries a $1m purse this year and will be run at Eagle Farm on May 29.

Anagain already has experience on the Gosford circuit, having made an impressive debut there in a 2YO Maiden Plate (1100m) on March 13.

She then finished strongly when runner-up to Paulele in the Group 3 Kindergarten (1100m) on the opening day of The Championships.

. Frazer won’t mind taking Hendo’s Magic back to Muswellbrook any time soon if there is a suitable race after winning with the gelding there last Friday.

Nor will he mind putting talented young jockey Mikayla Weir on him; or any of his horses for that matter.

Hendo’s Magic has won two of his three starts at the Upper Hunter track, and Weir has been his rider both times.

“Mikayla is a terrific rider,” Frazer said. “She won on my horse and then turned in another brilliant performance to win the next race on Paul Perry’s horse (Meyisti), switching the whip from her left to right hand in the blink of an eye.”

Hendo’s Magic ($9) got there in the nick of time to edge out Forever Jude ($3.60 favorite) and Holy Empress ($3.80) in a tight finish to the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1750m).

“I thought he could win,” Frazer said. “He probably should have won his previous start at Muswellbrook when he knuckled over on jumping away and pulled a front plate.

“He was beaten just over two lengths that day, and his work since had been smart.”

Frazer took over the now six-year-old’s training last year and won a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1280m) first-up with him at Muswellbrook 12 months ago at $21. No prizes for guessing Weir was in the saddle.

Frazer doesn’t consider Hendo’s Magic is simply a Muswellbrook specialist as the gelding notched consecutive seconds on his home track last July on heavy tracks.

Whilst he hasn’t scanned the calendar yet to source the next race, he is hopeful Hendo’s Magic can measure up to midweek city grade and perhaps get away with a suitable 1900m event at Canterbury.

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