Midnight Magic casts a spell at Avondale

Midnight Magic winning at Avondale on Wednesday. Photo: Race Images

Three-year-old filly Midnight Magic (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) was backed into a short-priced $1.40 favourite in the Avondale Sunday Markets 1400 at Avondale on Wednesday and duly delivered for punters.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly was sent straight to the lead from her ace barrier by jockey Sam Collett where the pair were able to keep out the challenge of Madam Pompom (NZ) (Smart Missile) and Lincoln Springs (Foxwedge) down the back-straight before running away to a 1-1/2 length victory.

Collett was pleased with the win and said she wanted to take luck out of the equation in the seven horse field.

“It was only a small field and in the back of my head I didn’t want to get stuck into a cat and mouse affair,” she said.

“It most definitely isn’t the ideal way to ride her. As seen last start she can reel off a really good 600m by chasing something.

“I just wanted to take bad luck out of it today. She was still just a little bit green when running to the post, but class got her there.”

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