A feature win may still be some way off but connections of Medieval Myth plan to test the gelding’s staying pedigree following his maiden victory at Doomben.
Medieval Myth gave Toowoomba trainer Tracey Wolfgram only her fourth metropolitan win when the son of Galileo downed Mystic Mahal by three-quarters of a length in Wednesday’s Rights On Site Maiden Handicap (1350m).
The five-year-old was having his eighth start for Wolfgram since being transferred from Dale Sutton’s stables in Melbourne following his sale by former Toll Holdings supremo, Peter Rowsthorn.
His new owners, who include Brisbane air traffic controllers, Geoff Toholka and Andrea Van De Kraan, paid less than $10,000 for Medieval Myth after he failed to live up to expectations in Melbourne.
“I couldn’t believe his breeding when I saw it and I think his previous owner might have sold him too soon,” Toholka said.
“He’s beautifully bred by Galileo out of a Danehill mare and the Galileo’s don’t hit their straps until late in their careers.”
Medieval Myth, who was ridden by Wolfgram’s husband, Phillip, is a grandson of Northwood Plume, the Australasian Three-year-old of the Year in 1994-95.
Northwood Plume was trained by Lee Freedman and won three times at elite level in the VRC Oaks at Flemington and Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in 1994 before claiming the Ansett Australia Stakes at Rosehill the following year.
“He had a few issues before coming to me but he’s sound though he still has some niggling problems,” Tracey Wolfgram said.
“I think he’ll get a lot further and the plan is to step him up in distance from now on.”
Meanwhile the Jason McLachlan stable struck form ahead Facile Tigre’s bid to win in Melbourne on Saturday when Desert Canny won the Turner Freeman Lawyers Maiden Handicap (1350m).
Desert Canny won a deceptive finish by a nose over the Rob Heathcote-trained Endless Shadow.
“She’s been her own worst enemy throughout her career but most of her runs last time in were on wet tracks,” McLachlan said.
“Her mother (De Canny) was a handful to train and she’s the same.”
McLachlan is hoping his luck will continue when Facile Tigre starts in the BMW Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield.
“I’ve had a bit of luck in Melbourne with horses like Crimson Reign and I’ve got Facile Tigre, Phelan Ready and Absalon down there for the spring,” he said.
“Absalon is getting ready for the Caulfield Guineas and Victoria Derby and Phelan Ready will chase some Group Two and Group three races.”
Crimson Reign’s best win in Melbourne was in the Listed Thai Airways International Classic (1200m) at Caulfield six years ago.