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Last-start Moonee Valley winner Marli Magic has a pedigree that’s produced top-class gallopers for Swettenham Stud’s Sangster family going back to Group 1 champion Pure Of Heart.
Marli Magic was a $50,000 graduate from Adam Sangster’s Inglis Premier draft in 2012 and she will be back in action in the next fortnight. The mare has already earned $196,305 including $31,000 in Super VOBIS bonuses.
Trainer John Sadler prepares her for a syndicate that includes his sister Helen and Aquanita Racing’s media manager Rob Gaylard. She was nominated to run again at Flemington on December 12 but was scratched when connections couldn’t find another 3kg claiming apprentice to replace regular rider Jessica Payne.
Marli Magic is by former Swettenham resident Host (Chi) from Unlimited Passage (Giant’s Causeway). Her younger brother Hong Kong Captain began his new career for David Hall with a midfield finish at Sha Tin on December 13 after winning this year’s $150,000 VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley.
Unlimited Passage is a half-sister to Swettenham-bred stakes winners Recast (G1 Singapore Gold Cup) and Gonski (LR Poseidon Stakes). The SC1 brand has also been carried to stakes wins by family members Schubert, Downhill Racer, Pinezero, Idol Worship, Happy Giggle, et al.
They descend from G1 Falmouth Stakes winner River Dane and her sister Pure Of Heart who carried Robert Sangster’s silks to a Group 1 victory in the 1982 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill.