Magic Chai hit the line hard and is right on track to win the Auckland Cup
Some Balckbooked runners from the last few days are below
Magic Chai in the third race at Ellerslie dropped to last and they went slow up front averaging 13.32 for the 200m sectionals to the 600m mark, so for him to hit the line the best of anything in 32.82, the fastest of the day, means he is right on track to win the Wellington and Auckland Cups ( $6.50 in the Futures) .
Marcellina in the seventh race at Ellerslie stuck to the rails and hit the line, with her last 600m 34.05, just as you would want to see going towards the Oaks. Co-trainer Andrew Forsman said before the race that the big open track at Trentham, especially over the 2400m, would suit her ideally. The stable has a knack of taking out Group 1s don’t they, and she could be another one. ( $14 in the Futures)
Volks Lightning looked very fit and strong before the eighth race at Ellerslie, but she was caught midfield 3 wide in the open when they averaged 11.45 seconds per 200m to the 600 metres marker, so for her to hold her place in the run home means she just needs a decent draw to be much harder to beat.
Smoke House Bay in the ninth race at Wingatui closed off strongly for second. He won well before that in good time at Riccarton and seems to be relishing the fresh South Island air.
Miss Wilson flew home late for third in the fifth race at Hastings after getting back to last on the turn. She is right on track to repeat her Cuddle Stakes win at Trentham.