Must Be Magic is the youngest chaser in the Flying Horse Tabaret Final at Ballarat on Wednesday night, but is primed to run the biggest race of her short career.
Trained at Bannockburn by Daryl Williams, Must Be Magic will jump from the coveted Box 1 in the final to be run over 450 metres.
“She is very quick early, and keeps on maturing with each run.” Williams said.
Must Be Magic has already saluted the judge in two of her eight race starts, and barring any mishaps is certain to give punters a big sight in the final.
“I am happy with the way she is progressing. She is a good natured, honest chaser who just tries her heart out in all of her races.”
Last week was Must Be Magic’s first start at the track.
She was quick out of the boxes in her heat, only to be run down in the concluding stages of the race by Demonstrate, and is sure to be improved by that run.
“She’s a great box dog and loves the rails, so she is very well drawn in the final.”
“I’m hoping she can lead again. If she can she will certainly give the opposition something to catch in the final.”
By Collision out of the dam Merryfield Magic, Must Be Magic was bred by Mark Rodgers, before being sold to Williams as a pup.
Williams believes Extreme Rohde and Demonstrate will be the hardest for his chaser to beat in the final.
Extreme Rohde is trained by veteran Warrnambool trainer Norm McCullagh, and was the fastest heat winner last week.
The son of Brett Lee has won six of his twelve race starts, and will jump from Box 8 in the final.
Although the box draw should not affect the up and coming young chaser, his only wins to date have come from inside box draws.
Demonstrate from the Cameron Bahen kennel ran on well in the straight to beat Must Be Magic on the post last week.
On that occasion he jumped from Box 2 and sat behind Must Be Magic. He has drawn awkwardly in Box 5 in the final, but has the ability and experience to overcome the draw.
Williams is a hobby trainer who has only been training greyhounds for the past eight years.
The chaser who kicked off his training career was a dog by the name of Spitfire.
Spitfire went on to win nine of his seventeen race starts for Williams, with his biggest wins being the Perth Derby, and a heat of the Melbourne Cup Prelude.