Autumn Update readers will be aware that I suggested an ante-post wager on Magisterial (available @ 50/1) for next year's Epsom Derby following his promising debut at Newmarket last month. A well bred son of Frankel trained by John and Thady Gosden, the Bjorn Neilsen owned colt had finished fourth at his local track in a mile maiden. Champion jockey Oisin Murphy was on board that day and he continued his association on his second outing at Haydock on Friday in a similar contest. Well backed beforehand, he travelled like a smart horse before being pushed out for a ready one and a half lengths victory from the more experienced Splendent. His jockey was complimentary afterwards and it is hoped Magisterial is put away for the winter now. Bred to stay well, it will be interesting to see if he reappears in a novice stakes under a penalty or is aimed at a Classic trial in the spring. Either way, expect him to return to action over ten furlongs. The dream is still alive and he is a colt to look forward to.
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