Jockey heaps praise on Our Long Sali after Magic Millions win

Jockey Craig Newitt threw down the gauntlet to the other two-year-olds in Tasmania after Our Long Sali’s effortless win in the $50,000 Magic Millions Classic at Mowbray on Wednesday night.

BLITZ: Our Long Sali, ridden by Craig Newitt, cruises to victory in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Mowbray. Picture: Greg Mansfield

BLITZ: Our Long Sali, ridden by Craig Newitt, cruises to victory in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Mowbray. Picture: Greg Mansfield

“In my opinion this is definitely the best filly in the state,” Newitt said.

“The Elwick Stakes on Sunday has probably been the benchmark race so far this season and was won by a very good filly (Mystic Journey).

“But this horse would give them all a run for their money.”

The Stuart Gandy-trained Our Long Sali won by two lengths eased down from Tiesto with Triple Strip a half length away third.

“She had the race won a long way out – I feel guilty taking my percentage,” Newitt said.

“My only worry was when the horse racing three wide on our outside tightened her up a bit and she panicked.

“But as soon the gap came she was explosive.”

Gandy said he had been confident of winning with the daughter of Needs Further who is raced by a Prime Thoroughbreds syndicate.

“Her first run was super and she worked super through the week,” Gandy said.

“She’s a lovely filly, a real professional.”

Our Long Sali will have her next start in the Gold Sovereign Stakes on Launceston Cup day.

Syndicate manager Joe O’Neill said the filly was Prime Thoroughbreds’ third Magic Millions winner in Tasmania, after Rose Of Scotland and Rumeron.

“We’ve had seven Magic Millions winners around Australia and their average purchase price has been only $45,000,” O’Neill said.

STALLION’S DOUBLE

Jubilance gave her sire Needs Further the Magic Millions double when she caused a boilover in the 3YO Classic.

The $19.50 chance finished too strongly for odds-on favourite City Of Dreams to score by ¾ length with Tale Of The Fox 2-¼ lengths away third.

The win gave comeback jockey Jason Maskiell his second feature race in four days after scoring on Hellova Street in Sunday’s $100,000 Thomas Lyons.

Trainer Barry Campbell said that Jubilance had been “a bit disappointing” since winning her maiden in May.

“We backed her up in the Sires Produce seven days after that race and she just didn’t handle the heavy track,” Campbell said.

“This time in we’ve been tinkering around trying to get her right and she was race-fit tonight with three runs under her belt.”

Campbell said that Jubilance would now head to the 3YO Classic on Cup Day “which probably won’t be any harder.”

Bidirectional earned ballot-free entry to the Launceston Cup when he finished strongly to win the $30,000 Sydeston Night Cup.