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May 19

Magic moment: ‘Malebo’ flies the flag for Sunraysia in Mallee Cup

MALEBO Magic is the great local hope in today’s $8000 Sunraysia Daily Mallee Cup at Sandilong Park.
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Making magic: Colette Cooper with Malebo Magic yesterday. The Mildura trainer hopes her charge can be victorious in today’s Sunraysia Mallee Cup at Mildura’s Sandilong Park. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The eight-year-old gelding is gunning for a second straight local win, following his triumph ain the Pooncarie Cup a month ago.

Trainer Colette Cooper said her horse was enjoying a rich vein of form and was optimistic conditions would favour him today.

“He’s fit and well and has had a bit of a let-up since he won at Pooncarie,” she said.

Seven of Malebo Magic’s 12 career wins have been over 1400 metres – today’s distance.

The horse will be ridden by Stawell jockey Marc Munday who has managed nine wins from 105 starts over the past 12 months.

Cooper, who has trained horses for 12 years, is aiming to replicate past Cup Day glories at Sandilong Park.

“I did win about four years ago,” she said.

“I think it helps local racing to have a local here so I’m hoping to get another win.”

Malebo Magic could face tough competition though, should the bookies’ favourite Empress Zakynthos make it out of the barriers.

The bay mare from the stables of Hamilton trainer Ron Daniel hasn’t run since a trial at Tatura in December last year.

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