The Magistrate proves too tough at Morphettville Parks


Much like the profession he’s named after, The Magistrate is one tough hombre.

Sam Burford’s smart four-year-old improved his record to three wins from eight starts with a gutsy display at Morphettville Parks on Saturday.

Apprentice Teagan Voorham was given a clear set of instructions and she executed them to the letter, taking up the early running and The Magistrate continued to fight all the way down the straight to defy his challengers at $10.

That was the gelding’s first win in town but there will be more to come if he continues to show that sort of intestinal fortitude.

“He’s a tough horse,” Burford said.

“We thought we’d lead today, I couldn’t see much speed in the race, we just wanted to let him be fast and see if they could get past him – he’s tough, they couldn’t.

“He’s still just learning. He’s still working on his race-craft and he gets a bit worked-up beforehand. I don’t know how much further we’ll go with him this time around.

“In the back of my head, if he pulls up all right we might back up in the final (of the Riziz Series) in seven days, but everything would have to go perfectly during the week.”

It was nearly a city double for the Murray Bridge stable after the gallant Oh Mo ran another strong race but couldn’t quite cut down Hopon Harry late.

Burford almost scratched him because of the firm track for a second week in a row but he refrained and his effort suggests he’s not just a swimmer.

“He’s flying. I’m a bit dirty with myself I scratched him last week because they put the track to a Good 3 – he’s a big horse, an eight-year-old who’s had 40-odd starts and he does jar up so I was just concerned about that,” he said.

“It just adds another string to his bow if he can actually run on these good tracks, but ideally he wants a bit of rain.

“There’s a Group 3 at Sandown over 1800m in about three weeks’ time so we might have a look at that.”

The horse who beat Oh Mo, Hopon Harry might also have to head over to Melbourne if trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas can’t find a suitable race for him at home.

The four-year-old, who finished second to Illation in the Listed Adelaide Guineas last prep, relished the step up to a mile.

“We drew well and he’s finished off quite well – he looks like a true miler,” Gluyas said.

“We’ll have to have a good look at the calendars really to see what’s next. I’d prefer if he didn’t go to Melbourne but we’ll have to work through that.

“He’s only had the three runs so he’s got plenty left in the tank.”

The stable was disappointed with the run of stable star Dalasan in the Group 1 Champions Mile at Flemington, finishing ninth to Alligator Blood.

“He failed today, he had a nice run and when he looked to work into the race, he didn’t,” Gluyas said.

“We might have to think about what we do with him, he might have to go and have a break.

“Perhaps we just need to drop the bar for him, get him into some more suitable races.”

Originally published as The Magistrate proves too tough at Morphettville Parks