Trainer Ian Williams believes Magic Circle can challenge in the major up races next term, despite his recent issues in Australia. The six-year-old was expected to put in a big performance in the Melbourne Cup after a successful spring on home soil.
Williams was pleased with preparations heading into the Australian showpiece but his charge could only manage 16th place. “He had a great preparation, the rain arrived – and we were very happy. Everything was in our favour, but the horse bled – which was not ideal and it affected his performance quite badly,” Williams said.
Despite his issues Down Under, Williams believes Magic Circle can still come back fighting as a cup horse in 2019.
He added: “I don’t see why he won’t be a Cup horse next year. We will give him a shot next season, and he is young enough to be a force in those Cup races.”