WARRNAMBOOL jumper Maythehorsebemagic made a record-breaking run at his steeple debut to win the $100,000 Australian Steeplechase at Sandown yesterday.
Maythehorsebemagic defeated Zaman by more than five lengths, with the top weight Bashboy carrying the huge impost of 74.5 kilograms in third place.
The impressive win was the third feature jumps win that trainer Jarrod McLean and his brother, top jumps jockey, Brad have enjoyed in this jumps season.
The 32-year-old trainer gave a lot of credit to his younger brother for his brilliant ride on the nine-year-old following the 3900-metre race.
“It was a great ride by Brad,” McLean told The Standard yesterday.
‘‘He’s had a great season.
“He never panicked at any stage of the race.
‘‘Brad knew that Maythehorsebemagic was rock solid fit. He rated Maythehorsebemagic perfectly.
‘‘He never panicked when Bashboy sat outside him early in the race and when Zaman came at him at the second last fence.
‘‘It was a perfect ride.”
The two brothers combined to win the Brierly Steeplechase with Cats Fun at the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival this year, before winning the Houlahan Hurdle with Maythehorsebemagic in July.
Maythehorsebemagic schooled impressively over fences for the first time at Coleraine earlier this month which gave the trainer confidence to tackle the champion jumper Bashboy.
“I’ve got the utmost respect for Bashboy,” McLean said.
‘‘Ciaron Maher (trainer) has done a sensational job with Bashboy.
“The horse has been the yardstick in jumps races.
“We were quietly confident that we would be in the finish if we had a bit of luck on our side but as I said we were always wary of Bashboy and Zaman.”
Maythehorsebemagic is now heading to the spelling paddock with feature jumps races late next season on the agenda for the up-and-coming star.
“I had originally thought I might run him in next year’s Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase but I think he would be too brilliant for that race,” McLean said of his charge.
“He deserves a good break which we’ll give him now.
“If we look after him I reckon he might be the next star jumper.
“We’ve always had a high opinion of the horse.
‘‘It’s just great that our judgment has proven right.”
Bashboy’s trainer Ciaron Maher was upbeat after his run.
“I thought he ran well with the big weight,” Maher said yesterday.
‘‘He’s going to get big weights in the jumps races here so it looks like we’ve got to really consider jumps races overseas.
“We’ll look at the jumps races in Japan and Europe but I’ve got a leaning for the Japan option.”
Maythehorsebemagic’s win took his stake earnings to in excess of $316,000.