Coolmore Australia’s stalwart stallion Choisir came up with his 97th stakes winner when his gelded son Hudoo Magic won the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (1600m) at Turffontein on Saturday afternoon.
The Australian bred five-year-old was quietly fancied for what looked a wide open race, with the Brett Crawford trained Hudoo Magic having just 52ks on his back for Saturday’s race, used by a number of runners as a potential prep for the upcoming World Sports Betting Summer Cup (2000m).
Making his first start at Turffontein, Hudoo Magic came into Saturday’s Charity Mile having finished a close up second, under a big weight, in a 1200m pinnacle stakes at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
Hudoo Magic was the object of some sustained pre-race support, being backed down from 25-1 to 6-1, with his backers pulling off a notable coup.
Regular front runner Orpheus (33-1) went out to make the running with fellow front runner Crown Towers racing just off the front runner, with the Muzi Yeni partnered Hudoo Magic racing well off the pace early on.
Last season’s Summer Cup winner Zillzaal (36-1) quickly tackled Orpheus as the field turned for home, only for the well-fancied Charles (10-1) to make a menacing looking move down the centre of the field.
However, Yeni bought Hudoo Magic with a strong late run, and the well weighted pair drew off to take the 2020 Charity Mile by three-parts of a length, with Charles doing his Summer Cup hopes no harm by taking second.
Four-year-old Youcanthurrylove (20-1) went close to providing sire Gimmethegreenlight with more feature race success by taking third, finishing a short head behind Charles, with reserve runner Tree Tumbo catching the eye in fourth spot.
Bred by R Pegum, Hudoo Magic has now won four of 18 starts with Saturday’s G2 win pushing his earnings to R395 275.
The gelding knocked down to Form Bloodstock for $60 000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, is out of the Halling mare Hudoo-a winning 3/4 sister to G1 Caulfield Cup winner All The Good and closely related to triple Oaks winner Ramruma.
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