Magic Time wins the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Magic Time retained her favourite status for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes despite being handed gate number 15 from 16 on Saturdays Group One Contest and showed the punters why when grinding out a result after travelling wide throughout.
From the second widest barrier, Jockey Michael Dee was able to find a spot in midfield and travelled well aboard Magic Time before producing her for a run in the straight which saw her put away her rivals with relative ease.
Second favourite for the Sir Rupert Clarke, I Am Me, tracked the winner into the straight but was unable to find enough to stop her finishing second with Strait Acer rattling home late to finish in third spot.
After the race jockey Michael Dee praised Magic Time for digging deep and delivering against her usual running style.
She's usually a mare that naturally puts herself on speed and I always knew there was going to be a massive amount of speed in this. We didn't get any favours, she's done it tough, punched the breeze and got pushed wider on the corner. To her credit that was a super effort.
Not only does Magic Time take out a Group One title for trainer Graeme Begg she becomes the first horse confirmed for the 2024 All Star Mile.
With the changing conditions of the $4m All Star Mile and the move away from voted runners the Sir Rupert Clarke becomes one of the first win and you’re in races and will give Magic Time a start in the next edition of the race at Caulfield in March.