Berry casts Cup spell with 'Magic' turn of foot
Magic Circle justified connections' faith with a stunning victory in the 188Bet Chester Cup on the Roodee yesterday.
Having his first race since being bought by Dr Marwan Koukash and joining the Ian Williams stable, the six-year-old produced an amazing turn of foot in the straight for jockey Fran Berry. Magic Circle quickly pulled clear in the final furlong to give Koukash a fourth triumph in this prestigious long-distance handicap.
John Egan was the first jockey to make a move by sending Jukebox Jive to the front from his wide draw.
My Reward was always handy on the rail, with Dubawi Fifty close, while Ryan Moore brought Who Dares Wins to the leading group with more than a circuit left.
Jukebox Jive led into the straight until Magic Circle (8/1) flew by to romp home by six lengths from Fun Mac (15/2). Who Dares Wins (9/1) was a length and a half away in third, with Dubawi Fifty (6/1) a nose away in fourth.
Koukash said: "This is the one race that I always want to win and now I've done it four times, which I don't think has ever been done before. I'm absolutely delighted and I want to dedicate this win to my wife, who is sitting at home not well. This is her race."
Also on the card, Forest Ranger backed up his recent Newmarket victory in good style as Eminent flopped in the Homeserve Huxley Stakes. The 6/1 shot saw off Aidan O'Brien's War Decree (4/1) to collect the Group Two prize.