Marbo’s Magic wins the 2016 Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup

MARBO’S Magic scored the biggest win of his short career on Friday night, taking out the Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup (450m) in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Starting as the $4.10 third favourite behind gun Victorians Big Ticket ($3.90) and Aston Bolero ($3.90), the son of El Grand Señor and Willow Blaze began evenly with the field from box five, but was given room to move in the early stages and was able to burn off his competitors in the charge towards the turn.

On the bend and quickly joining him on the outside was Aston Bolero (box six), which loomed as a massive threat, with the rest of the field headed by Rosco The Weapon (box eight).

Swinging for home and Aston Bolero and Marbo’s Magic were still going stride for stride, with the latter able to kick clear half way down the home straight, clearing out to record a one and one quarter length win in 25.04.

Aston Bolero stuck on well for second, with roughie Sleek Master (box seven) finishing off strongly to fill the trifecta back in third.

Trained by Paul Braddon, Friday’s win was the 11th for Marbo’s Magic from just 12 career starts. The only time he has tasted defeat on the racetrack was on debut when running second at Goulburn after missing the kick.

The $36,000 winner’s cheque took Marbo’s Magic’s career earnings to $56,388, with the title added alongside his thrilling Temora Cup victory from early March.

Watch Marbo’s Magic winning the Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup.