More Magic?

By Tom Frary

Charlie Appleby has enjoyed a fruitful run with his juveniles in France this season and bids to continue the sequence with Stage Magic (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) in Saturday’s G3 Prix de Conde at Chantilly. Having beaten the subsequent G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up and TDN Rising Star Olmedo (Fr) (Declaration of War) in the G3 Prix des Chenes over a mile here Sept. 3, he has invaluable experience against a clutch of unproven performers. “Stage Magic has to carry a penalty for his victory in the Prix des Chenes, but I feel that soft ground and stepping up in trip is going to suit him,” his handler explained. “He brings a good level of form to the race, with Olmedo having gone on to finish second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last weekend, and looks the one to beat.”

Of the unexposed types, Susan Magnier’s King of Camelot (Fr) (Camelot {GB}) warrants respect as an Andre Fabre trainee despite having significant improvement to find on his latest conditions win over a mile at Lyon-Parilly Sept. 7, while His Highness The Aga Khan’s Parabak (Fr) (Maxios {GB}) comes here off a five-length win over this distance at Evreux Sept. 10.


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