Day At The Track

Emotional win for Magri

11:02 AM 01 Dec 2014 NZDT
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David Magri with Columbias Deejay

Emotions were running high for Burrumbeet harness racing trainer David Magri at Ballarat last Friday night.

Registering a drought-breaking victory with Columbias Deejay, Magri experienced a father-and-son moment on two levels…firstly as a son and also as a father.

As he crossed the line with the son of Bacardi Lindy, Magri’s thoughts were with his father, Charlie, who passed away in July.

“Dad said all along this horse could go a bit,” Magri said. “He knew it was just a matter of him putting it together.

“When we were crossing the line, Dad was the first person I thought of as I knew he was looking down and smiling.”

Magri’s pride was also extended to his sons, Declan and Jasper, who the horseman named the trotter after.

“The Deejay part is after my boys,” Magri said. “So the win is very much about them as well. It was an emotion and satisfying win in many ways.

“That said, I told me daughter, Jamiel, the next one will be named after her, so it better also win or I’m in trouble!”

Beaten for early speed from the pole, Columbias Deejay was angled away from the pegs to gain the perfect trail as Sammy Charles worked to the lead and Ruby Victory occupied the ‘death seat’.

Angled three-wide leaving the back straight, Columbias Deejay was ‘nursed’ around the turn before being slipped more rein.

Responding brilliantly during the latter stages, the gelding completed a two-and-a-half metre win from Sammy Charles, with Coimadai Lodge three-and-a-half metres away third.

“Although he was travelling well when I pulled him out down the back, I was more concerned about keeping him balanced on the turn,” Magri declared. “I knew I had the leader covered, and once he straightened, he finished it off strongly.

“Like I said, Dad really liked him from the start, but he’s still green and doesn’t know what he’s doing out there.

“He’s a four-year-old, but that was only his eleventh start and should get better as he gains more experience.”

Rating 2:04 for the 2200 metres, Columbias Deejay provided Magri with his first success since scoring with Myrniongfirecracker in December 2012.

“It’s been a while between drinks,” Magri declared. “I reckon this bloke can win another few races, so hopefully it won’t be so long before the next win.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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