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Emirates Stakes Tips and Preview – German galloper to steal the show at Flemington

  • Magic Artist should have won the Mackinnon Stakes
  • But amends can be made in the Emirates Stakes
Dom Tourneur (red cap) riding Hucklebuck winning the 2014 Emirates Stakes

A capacity field of 16 classy gallopers are set to compete in Saturday’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in what is sure to be a  fitting Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival closer.

With European visitors Arod and Magic Artist lining up, along with Kiwi Turn Me Loose and Godolphin’s newest import Bow Creek, the local brigade will have a fight on their hands to keep the Emirates Stakes trophy on home soil.

For anyone that saw Magic Artist’s last run, you know he will be extremely hard to beat if the drop back to 1600m suits.

But considering German-based trainer Andreas Wohler is building an imposing record in Australia with Protectionist winning the 2014 Melbourne Cup and Magic Artist looking a certainty beaten in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), I’m willing to trust his judgement and get on the Magic Artiste bandwagon.

The five-year-old son of successful sire Iffraaj has only placed twice from four starts over 1600m, but after seeing his run with 59kg in the Mackinnon, you have to wonder if he’s one of those horses that is just thriving under Australian conditions.

Probably the most encouraging point heading into the Emirates Stakes (1600m) is the fact Magic Artist now drops from 59kg to 54kg.

This field is certainly no stronger than the bunch he met last time, in fact it looks a clear step down in class and the horse has scored barrier 5 with Blake Shinn aboard.

Magic Artist has failed to miss a placing in three second-up attempts and if he can get clear running this time, there’s no telling how well he’ll let down.

He looked to have plenty to offer in the Mackinnon, and despite being blocked for a run a couple of times he kept picking himself up again and charging to the line.

The 1600m form of Arod has to be respected and Bow Creek was most impressive in his Australian debut, and while Lucky Hussler, Politeness, Turn Me Loose and Disposition all have genuine claims, Magic Artist is the one to beat.


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Emirates Stakes Tips and Preview – German galloper to steal the show at Flemington

Preview and expert predictions for the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

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