John Sadler has almost $4million of two-year-old horsepower at his disposal but has revealed none of the ten Magic Millions yearlings bought for him by Hong Kong owner Bon Ho will be racing at the rich Gold Coast carnival in January.
And potentially only one of them, Capitalist gelding Capital Legend who turned into a “maniac” when making his debut at Flemington in September, could be racing during the 2021 autumn.
Leviathan owner Ho, who won The Everest with Classique Legend in October, splashed $3.915million at the Magic Millions Sales in January with his yearling purchases which he sent to Sadler in Victoria.
Sadler, who has been training for more than four decades and admits he is in the “final quarter” of his training career, wishes at least a couple of Ho’s two-year-olds were up and about and ready to shine in rich juvenile features in the coming months.
But none of those nominated for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic – Dar Legend, Cheerful Legend, Game Legend, Spring Legend, Starry Legend, Wonder Legend, Noble Legend and Power Legend – will be ready to star as two-year-olds.
Sadler says the proof in the pudding as to the quality of Ho’s purchases is still likely to be 12 months away.
“There are some very nice horses there, but have they put their hand up to go as early two-year-olds – no,” Sadler says.
“We will not have a runner at the Magic Millions.
“The thing about most of them is they are by sprinting stallions but they are out of staying mares.
“A lot of them are probably horses that will run over a mile.
“I’m very lucky to have them and it’s enjoyable – I probably would have liked one or two to maybe come up just a little bit earlier and maybe for one to run at the Magic Millions and for one to get ready for the Blue Diamond, but that’s not going to happen.
“It will be 12 months down the road when people will either be saying we have three or four really nice horses or they will be saying that didn’t work.”
While Sadler has put a pen through almost all of Ho’s stock being two-year-old stars, he remains hopeful Capital Legend could put on a show in the autumn.
Sadler has no doubt the two-year-old son of 2016 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist has very good ability – but just didn’t show it when being beaten more than ten lengths on debut over 900m at Flemington in September.
“He does go quite well that horse, I’m not saying he is a Group 1 horse, but he is a pretty smart galloper,” Sadler said.
“But he absolutely lost the plot and turned into a maniac when he went to the races that day – and he ran accordingly.”
Sadler has three-year-old filly Mozzie Monster in the nominations for the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas but she won’t be seen on Queensland‘s glitter strip in January,
Sadler is sure Mozzie Monster, last seen finishing ninth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, will return a better horse in the later stages of the autumn carnival.
Originally published asAlmost $4million in horsepower a no-show at Magic Millions
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