Cranbourne trained five year old Magic Impact dealt punters a savage blow when he saluted at massive odds at Melton earlier today. But that mattered little to an excited family of owners and a pleasantly surprised trainer who revelled in the gelding's first up win for her stable.
A veteran of just 19 previous lifetime starts, Magic Impact has had a career which has been punctuated by brief glimpses of promise mixed in with a liberal dose of injury, waywardness and bad luck.
The winner of a restricted front race at four, the son of Courage Under Fire only recently joined Simone Walker's stable after doing the majority of his earlier racing in the care of Clyde mentor Jayne Davies.
By her own admission, Walker wasn't sure what to expect from the gelding in his first assignment for the stable but she must have been happy with what transpired.
Settling three back in the running line from his second row draw, Magic Impact raced tractably for Walker over the sprint trip before unleashing a powerful finishing burst over the final 400m to win comfortably from Aurare and Macdawn. The winner's mile rate was a respectable 1:57:2 and with natural improvement the gelding's connections can look forward optimistically to picking up another race or two in the coming weeks in lower country grade races.
Magic Impact is owned by John, Sam & Philllip DiSalvo and is the brothers first venture into standardbred ownership.
As John explained, "We have all shared an interest in harness racing that goes right back to the Showgrounds days. A few years ago we decided to get actively involved and bought Magic Impact as a yearling at the APG sales."
"The horse has always shown ability but he has had a number of issues and has only managed one win before today. We didn't really know what to expect first up but that was a really exciting win. Simone seems to ironed out a few little niggles and hopefully he can carry on from here."
The brothers are involved in the Twisted Sista chain of cafe and gelataria outlets and are regulars at most Cranbourne HRC meetings. While Magic Impact is their sole stable representative for now, one gets the sense talking to John that the family's love of harness racing might see them expand their interest in the future.
By David Scott