Thursday 11 June 2020

Magical Land Goes Close on Debut for Charlie Appleby

The two-year-old season is underway and I didn't think it would take too long before a Frankel offspring reared its beautiful head. 

Remember, Frankel Blog is all about detailing the best Frankel offspring of 2020 but specific to two-year-olds (2yos). 

Anyway, we've already seen a very talented juvenile that didn't win on debut at Newmarket but showed ample ability and will be winning before long. 

Magical Land is a February foal and son of Frankel out a mare named Mistrutsting who raced just seven times in her race career, similarly owned and trained. She, too, was defeated on debut (Ascot, 2014), winning at Haydock on her second start when 1/3f. Interestingly, she only raced at pattern class on her last two starts when unplaced at Group 3 but prevailed on her final start in a Listed race. 

Magical Land is a home-bred who was made 11/10f when racing at headquarters on the 4th of June.  

This bay colt was expected to win but may have been foiled by circumstance rather than lack of ability. It looked as if there was a track bias that day at Newmarket and horses running on the rail and leading held, in my opinion, a distinct advantage. Magical Land was drawn in stall two and raced down the centre of the course. Slightly outpaced, he gathered stride and was making good headway over the last two-furlongs to lose by one-and-a-quarter lengths behind Bright Devil (pictured), trained by Andrew Balding. 

Time may tell that was a decent race, but, one thing we can be sure, is that Magical Land will improve for this debut and take a lot of beating next time out. 

Good luck to connections.