The Group Two Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (formerly the JF Feehan Stakes) has, in the past, been a major stepping stone toward WS Cox Plate success.
But this year’s winner, the Barbara Marshman bred 9YO Magic Consol looks unlikely to take up the offer of automatic entry into the famed Moonee Valley race.
“It would be lovely to have a runner in the Cox Plate but I reckon we owe this horse,” the Horsham based Preusker points out. “He gives you everything he’s got when you take him out and best to keep him in a spot where he’s best at.”
“He goes very well fresh and will probably go straight into the Crystal Mile (on Cox Plate Day) from here.
His overall record now stands at 13 wins and 14 placings from 58 starts for $724,265 in stakes. The Dato Tan Chin Nam was Magic Consol’s biggest win to date, but the son of Consolidator also captured the Listed VRC Winter Championship Final at Flemington in July.
The gusty Magic Consol is rapidly becoming a crowd favourite and they were definitely a happy band of owners at the Valley on Saturday, with his Hamilton-based breeder and original trainer, Barbara Marshman, right in the thick of it.
“Magic Consol was actually the last winner I trained, winning a maiden at Horsham (in October 2013) before handing him over to Paul,” Marshman explains.
“Paul’s done a tremendous job with the horse and never wanted to rush him.
“Magic Consol was a real handful to begin with. Even after he was gelded you could hardly get a jockey on his back and was always a bit spooky. He was always incredibly quick though and has been worth the effort.”
Marshman trained for over 40 years before retiring in 2013…1976 George Ryder winner Superior Air is among her racing highlights, but she believes Magic Consol is definitely “up there with them”.
“I’ve scaled right back and only race a couple and breed a couple these days including a half-sister to Magic Consol,” Marshman said.
“The great thing is that Magic Consol is doing a pretty good job of paying for all of them!
“I trained Magic Consol’s half-brother Snapparazi who won a race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day, so if it would be a fantastic ‘big day double’ if Magic Consol can win the Crystal Mile.”
Magic Consol is by the former Darley stallion, Consolidator, a son of Street Cry who won the USA Breeders’ Futurity Stakes and stood at Darley’s Northwood property for just the two seasons, 2006 and 2008. In fact, along with Reset and Street Cry, he was a foundation sire at the property Darley had acquired from Barrie and Midge Griffiths in 2006.
Although he has sired eight stakes winners in North America and Europe, Magic Consol is Consolidator’s sole black type winner down under.
Interestingly, Magic Consol, is out of the now retired Shalford mare Shally’s Magic – a 6-time winner for McFarlane and Marshman – who hails from the prolific family of Golden Slipper winner Full On Aces…and, slightly fittingly, new Darley Northwood sire Impending.