BLACK MAGIC OPAL stamps himself as a superstar following Melbourne Cup victory
In a brilliant display of sustained speed, Black Magic Opal confirmed his position as Australia's best sprinter when he won the Group 1 2013 Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park tonight, in the process, providing Magic Sprite with the first Group 1 winner of his stud career.
Beginning brilliantly from Box 2, Black Magic Opal ran a scintillating 4:93 to the first mark to establish a commanding lead in the early stages, before holding on to that advantage in the run home over the 515m trip to defeat Dyna Beth and Hawk Alone.
For trainer Jason Thompson, it was his third Melbourne Cup victory, after scoring with Light Of Fire in 1994 and Got A Moment in 2012, and he joins master mentors Graeme Bate and Darren McDonald as the most successful trainer of the worlds richest greyhound race.
After the victory, Thompson told Sky Racing viewers how he had spotted Black Magic Opal during the G2 Maitland Cup series which he thought he would win with his top class sprinter El Brooklyn, and which ultimately led to him purchasing BMO from owners Les and Carol Hudson.
"In his heat win, Black Magic Opal put 4 lengths on El Brooklyn in a matter of 20 metres and I thought El Brooklyn must have broken down. Next week he did the same thing in the final, and I knew then, he was absolute top class." Thompson said.
Victory in the G1 Melbourne Cup follows breathtaking wins at Geelong, when he broke the track record in consecutive weeks of the G2 Geelong Cup series before establishing new track record figures at Warrnambool over 460m also.
Magic Sprite's stud-master John Carruthers paid tribute to Jason Thompson's ability as a trainer.
"In my opinion, there are very few trainers who continually produce the goods when it comes to big race victories, but Jason stands at the top." Carruthers said. "When Black Magic Opal was out injured a couple of months ago, Jason told me he would bring him back and win the Gellong Cup and then set him for the Melbourne Cup and win that as well. He wasn't telling me that to be a hero, it was just that he had so much faith in the dogs ability."
Breeder's Les and Carol Hudson, who sold Black Magic Opal to clients of Thompson's kennel, were guests of the trainer on Cup night, and were genuinely ecstatic with the win.
"We are just so happy to see what he has achieved since Jason bought him...I'm 72 years of age and didn't have the time to be able to do with the dog what Jason has, but we are just so thrilled for them, it's amazing." Les told Sky Racing shortly after the win.
It's ironic that Magic Sprite's only defeat during his racing career came at Sandown Park, and now his biggest success to date as a Sire come at the same venue.
MAGIC SPRITE continues to throw winner after winner
Boom Sire, Magic Sprite, continues his acendency up the NSW Sires premiership table and is currently in 4th place for the 2014 season.
Despite smaller numbers appearing at city venues in the first half of 2014, Magic Sprite currently has 56 Sydney winners to be just behind Collision, Cosmic Rumble and Where's Pedro.
Studmaster, John Carruthers, believes the second half of 2014 and 2015 is when Magic Sprite will really leave his mark on the Australian stud scene
"We expected 2014 to be relatively quiet for him given the number of bitches that he served in 2012 so we are pleasantly surprised at where he is sitting on the Sires table but in the next 12 months, we really expect him to assert his authority," said Carruthers said. "The quality of bitch that he served in late 2012 is as good as any you could hope for and reports from some leading trainers are that there are some very promising pups about to hit the track in the next 6 months."
January 2, 2016
MAGIC SPRITE wins 21 Sires Premierships around Australia in 2015
Confirming his status as one of Australia's leading sires, Magic Sprite won 21 Sires Premierships around the nation in 2015 and started 2016 with a bang with Knight Sprite claiming the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup.
With frozen semen of Magic Sprite still available following his recent sale to overseas interests, the son of Brett Lee has continued to fulfil his promise and throws winner after winner on all tracks around Australia.
Such was his dominance, Magic Sprite won the 2015 Premiership at no less than 12 of the 16 major TAB tracks in NSW headed up by Richmond where he produced 130.5 winners.
At Queensland's premier track, Albion Park, Magic Sprite threw an amazing 223.5 winners for 2015 to easily claim the title.
Magic Sprite also won Sires Premierships at; The Gardens (113 winners); Grafton (89); Casino (85); Lismore (81); Maitland (74); Sale (63); Goulburn (61); Gawler (60); Townsville (56); Nowra (56); Dapto (56); Bulli (55); Launceston (49); Dubbo (47); Gosford (47); Lithgow (41); Hobart (39); Tamworth (26); and Potts Park (23).