Jason Magri claimed his first Group 1 win as a trainer only a few weeks ago, when King Cratos beat Feral Franky in the Paws of Thunder Final at Wentworth Park.
Now, Magri’s talented sprinter has the opportunity to claim another one when he lines up in next Saturday’s Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows.
King Cratos came up with the red rug when the live box draw was conducted on track last night.
“I’d rather he was drawn out wide, but we’ve got to deal with what we’ve got. The draw isn’t the best for him, especially with the speed to his outside,” says Magri.
King Cratos solo trialled at The Meadows last night, recording a time of 30.06, with sectionals of 5.22 and 17.85. Magri considers that in order to be a chance, the dog will need to display a much quicker opening sectional next week.
Magri, based in Kemps Creek, New South Wales, made the long journey home with him last night.
“I’d rather work with him at home. He’s a really good traveller; he just sleeps and there are no dramas.”
Only a few months ago, King Cratos’s racing future looked in doubt, when he pulled his hip support, resulting in a five-month hiatus from racing.
“I wasn’t sure if he’d come back. But we did rehab with him, we gave him time, and he really hasn’t lost much from it.”
“When he was going through it, I would have been happy just to win a graded race again – but he’s won a Group 1 since then!”