Lucy Mae and Enchanted Dream Star at Pinjarra

Lucy Mae and Enchanted Dream Star at Pinjarra

The fillies swept away with both features on Ladies Day at Pinjarra as the Magic Millions Western Australian races took the meeting to new ground in 2017.

For the first time held on a standalone Saturday, the day attracted a large crowd and was declared a resounding success by all involved.

Lucy Mae scored an exciting win in the day’s feature race, the $252,500 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m), while Enchanted Dream scored her biggest win in the $151,500 Woodford Reserve Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m).

It was a carbon copy of results for the jockeys with Shaun McGruddy and Jarrad Noske matching their wins at the same meeting last year.

Lucy Mae held out the race favourite and previously unbeaten youngster Achernar Star by a narrow margin to give her connections an incredible thrill.

Sent out at $41, the daughter of Stratum was too strong – winning for trainer Ted Martinovich after a copybook ride from McGruddy – his third win in the feature juvenile race.

An $80,000 purchase for owner Martin Epis at last year’s Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Scenic Lodge, Lucy Mae will most likely be given a break with the Karrakatta Plate an enticing option.

“There’s not much to her, but she really tried hard and I couldn’t be happier,” a delighted Martinovich said.

The filly is raced by Martin Epis in partnership with Isobel Ledden – both saying how proud they were of their young star.

“Lucy Mae is named after my granddaughter from Kalgoorlie – a special girl and now this filly is very special as well,” Ledden said.

Meanwhile, Jarrad Noske continued his love affair with the Magic Millions Raceday when he partnered the in form filly Enchanted Dream to win the Woodford Reserve Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy.

In a driving finish Noske was able to get the daughter of Patronize home to beat odds on favourite and proven stakes winner Ellicazoom.

A $55,000 purchase from Western Breeders Alliance at the 2015 Perth Yearling Sale, Enchanted Dream is prepared by Ben Pearce.

The filly has now won all three starts this preparation and connections feel she will be effective up to 1600 metres.

“Full credit to the Pinjarra Racing Club, in particular the track staff, for presenting to course in such spectacular fashion today,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox.

“Today was the second running of the Magic Millions meeting at Pinjarra and the first as a standalone Saturday card and the day was a great success.”

“We look forward to the day continuing to grow in 2018 and beyond,” Cox added.

The Western Australian industry focus will now turn to the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale to be held at the Belmont Park Racecourse on February 20 and 21.