A purple patch being enjoyed by Yarraman Park’s Hinchinbrook during the month of December continued on Thursday at Wyong with a stylish win in the $100,000 Magic Millions Three and Four Year Old event for Wild Heart, a $170,000 Magic Millions purchase for Vinery Stud from the Turangga Farm draft.
Trained by Team Hawkes, Wild Heart was resuming from a spell and came with a late rush for Brenton Avdulla to overpower the favourites and win the 1200 metre sprint by half a length.
“The tempo was on early and Brenton gave him a gun run – he just let them do what they wanted to do in front and he finished the race off really well through the line,” stable foreman Tania Rouse told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“Single Bullet was travelling really well at the turn but our fella was tracking into it really nicely behind him and once he knuckled down in the straight he stretched out really well.
“Last preparation he kept working through his grades and I thought walking around the paddock he looked really good.”
The logical progression for Wild Heart is the 1400m of the $2 million 3YO Magic Millions Guineas on the Gold Coast next month.
“I really like him and I think 1400m will be right up his alley,” Avdulla said. “He travelled very sweetly.
“He’s a completely different horse race day than he is in trackwork – he’s flat out going 15 to the furlong.
“The blinkers really switched him on and John, Michael and Wayne had him perfectly prepared today.
“I had the back of Single Bullet and he towed me into it a long way out and I was pretty confident at the top of the straight that I was going to run past him.”
Wild Heart has the overall record of two wins and a second from five starts with prizemoney in excess of $100,000.
Bred by Turangga Farm, Wild Heart is the sixth winner from six foals to race from Wildly Entertained (USA), an unraced half-sister by Forestry to US Group II winner Sovereign Kitty.
Turangga Farm on-sold Wildly Entertained in 2016 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $50,000 and her current yearling, another colt by Hinchinbrook, will be offered by Sledmere Stud at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale as Lot 214.
Hinchinbrook has sired 16 winners since the start of December and has 21 entries for Magic Millions.