The Shane Nichols-Exceedingly Magic made it two wins in a row with stable apprentice Kiran Quilty on board, claiming the Meeniyan Hotel Class 2 Handicap at Stony Creek on Monday.
The four-year-old mare was coming off a maiden win at Sale and seemed to relish getting back on top of the ground after racing on the Heavy surface last start. Exceedingly Magic and Quilty got to the lead from the good draw and went on to be a runaway winner against the small field.
TBB Racing are involved in the ownership group of the mare. She is one of the foundation horses that the syndicate was built on.
"How exciting is this?" Todd Blum said.
"She's now won her last two starts from just four races. There were times with this filly when we weren't even sure we would see her back at the races.
"A huge thanks has to go to Shane Nichols and his team for the work they have put in with her.
"Shane has always been of the opinion that she was worth persisting with when she had a few troubles and we are all glad we did."
Shane Nichols was rapt to see his 'problem child' win again. "She had the weight advantage and wasn't challenged in front. She's quite a talented filly," Nichols said after the race. "The guys have had to be patient. She's had a few little issues which have slowed her up, but now she's starting to build a bit of a record.
"She'll probably progress to better races than this. "Kiran's been riding her well. She's won the last two on her. We might have one more go where we can utilise her claim. Then she might finish up in a midweek mares race over 11 or 1200m. She's probably got one of those in her. Quilty was equally impressed with the performance, winning her second race in just four starts. "She's quite a nice mare to come from that maiden win and a rise in class, very nice performance," Quilty said. "I was pretty confident that at this track and in this race, she would be hard to beat. It was a small field, and if she could just kick off that bend, I thought I'd be saying, 'catch me if you can.' "She's definitely got a bit of class about her. It will be interesting to see where she gets to. I'd like to stick with her and a big thank you to the boss for keeping me on her." Exceedingly Magic was an Inglis Premier purchase back in 2019. The ownership group consists of people that have been with the stable for quite a while. She is by the Widden-based stallion Outreach and out of the Magic Albert mare Warrilla.