Quality Wins In Tassie’s Magic Features

The scene is set for today’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale with a hugely successful race night held in Launceston on Wednesday night.

Frolicked and California Wish were the big winners at a quality packed eight race card in which a number of stars for the future were unveiled.

California Wish will most likely be sent for a spell after her hugely impressive win in the $50,000 Tasbreeders Magic Millions 3YO Classic.

Described as an untapped talent by trainer Adam Trinder, the California Dane filly proved too good for reigning Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Tiger’s Cub to win strongly.

Trinder said he would “probably” spell the in form filly.

“I was keeping my options open about another run or even a trip to Adelaide for a nice race on Cup Day,” Trinder reported.

“But I think the filly would benefit from a spell. She’s done a great job and I think a trip away to Adelaide might be too much for her.”

“As you can see she’s a bit of a handful, but she’s got loads of ability and I’m really looking forward to the future with her,” Trinder added.

California Wish is one of 33 winners to date for the former group winning Danehill sprinter California Dane.

Now the winner of four races from just six starts and earnings and $57,725, California Wish has turned out yet another outstanding value buy from the Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

The quality filly was purchased for just $8,000 by part owner Gary Mudgway from the draft of Brooklyn Park at the 2011 edition of the Inveresk based auction.

She is the first named foal for the twice winning Portland Pirate mare Pirate’s Sirene – a mare hailing from the family of Mackinnon Stakes winner Casual Pass.

Around 30 minutes later the promising Incumbent filly Frolicked made it two wins from two starts with a courageous win in the $50,000 Shaw Contracting Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Sent out the favourite after a brilliant debut win on January 30, Frolicked is yet to be beaten home in any of her two trials or two race starts.

“Tonight she was very brave,” winning trainer Graeme McCulloch said after the race.

“She is feeling her shins and that makes the win even better.”

“She wanted to hang a bit and she never does that. For her to still win is just fantastic. It was a really tough win.”

Frolicked’s win was extremely timely for her trainer and breeder McCulloch, who sold the filly to clients after offering her at last year’s Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

“Thanks to the owners for buying her and leaving her for me to train.”

The chances of the filly running for black type in the upcoming Gold Sovereign Stakes look slim – with McCulloch looking at a spell for the quality youngster.

The win was a timely one for McCulloch.

“I was really hoping this filly would win because I have a full sister in tomorrow’s yearling sale,” he told media after the race.

A half sister to this season’s stakes performed three-year-old Kenjorwood, Frolicked is from the stakes performed mare Flying Diva.

A daughter of Flying Spur, Flying Diva won two raes and was second in the Tasmanian Guineas prior to be retiring to Grenville Stud.

Her three runners to date are all winners – the other is the six time victor Uboa – a winner from 1400 to 2100 metres.

Frolicked is by Choisir’s VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Incumbent – a sire with 19 lots in today’s Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

Among them is a full sister to Frolicked – catalogued as Lot 48 in the draft of Grenville Stud. 

Another filly by Incumbent will kick away the sale when the filly from the unraced Xaar mare Xeexeetop is offered as Lot 1 from 1pm.

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