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

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

Starting as the $4.10 third favourite behind gun Victorians Big Ticket ($3.90) and ($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 , 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 after missing the kick.

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

Watch Marbo’s Magic winning the Gold Cup.

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