Local trainer/driver Scott Ewen enjoyed home-track success when his mare Vallani Magic took out the Woodland Stud Pace at Cranbourne on Sunday night.
The daughter of Heston Blue Chip resumed racing this season with a solid fourth placing at the same venue on 20th June and was given an each-way chance by Ewen heading into Sunday’s assignment.
The mare showed her customary speed off the arm and was first to the pegs into the first turn before Ewen elected to hand up the lead to the well-supported equal favourite Sonnys Amazing. Vallani Magic always looked to be travelling comfortably in the trail and took full advantage of the sprint lane in the home stretch to get home by a neck from the fast-finishing Glens Of Tekoa in a mile rate of 1:58:9.
Vallani Magic is raced by Ewen and long-term client Noel Grenfell and has now recorded one win and two placings from seven starts since joining the stable some twelve months ago.
“We bought her out of Western Australia after she had raced over there as a two and three-year-old. She had won a race early on but seemed to have lost form and that’s when she came on the market. I liked the fact that she had plenty of gate speed and thought we’d take a chance on her,” Ewen explained after the race.
Vallani Magic is engaged to race at Ballarat on a quick back up this Thursday and is drawn to again be a factor from the coveted number one barrier over the 2,200-metre trip around Bray Raceway.
“It’s a step up in grade from her last start but she will get a good trip and I’ll be happy if she can slot into a place,” Ewen said. “I’m taking Classy Countess up there for a three-year-old maiden and it made sense to take two if you’re making a trip.”
Classy Countess ran an improved race to fill third placing in the Decron 3YO Maiden at Cranbourne on Sunday night for the Cranbourne Club 21 group of owners and Ewen is upbeat about her chances of a podium finish at Ballarat despite a wide draw.
Racing returns to Cranbourne on Saturday 10th July when the club hosts its popular Girls Night Out race meeting. Limited bookings are still available and can be made by contacting the club on 5996 1300
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography