Jordan Childs celebrates Magic Consol's win (Image: Racing Photos)
Nine-year-old country horse Magic Consol has earned himself an unlikely free shot at the Cox Plate after his upset win in the Group 2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes at The Valley.
The Horsham-trained galloper rattled a few reputations with his performance where he took the scalps of the likes of Hartnell and the highly-rated imports Homesman and Ambitious in what was a great triumph for his trainer Paul Preusker.
Preusker, however, was not on course for one of his biggest days as a trainer as he was instead overlooking his team at Morphettville but he later caught up with Racing.com and the trainer could not wipe the smile from his face.
"We had a little interest on him so, beautiful," Preusker said of his $19 winner.
He said he and connections of the horse will have plenty to talk about over the next few days as the dream of having a guaranteed Cox Plate settles in.
"It (Cox Plate) definitely is (a chance) but I'll go back to the owners," Preusker said.
"But I've said all along 2000 (metres) is probably the bottom of him and a 2000-metre race at that level might be more like 2400 metres for him. But we'll toss it about."
WATCH: Hear from Preusker
Magic Consol was given the perfect run in the race by Jordan Childs one-out and one-back. He eased out at the top of the straight and ran by Hartnell to take the lead before holding off the finishing efforts of Homesman ($15) and the $3.40 favourite Night's Watch.
Part-owner Peter McFarlane said that although he was a nine-year-old Magic Consol was racing in the form of his life and that they would consider taking up the Moonee Valley Racing Club's invitation to run in the Cox Plate.
Night's Watch's part-owner Terry Henderson said he felt the horse ruined his chance at the start when tardy away.
"He got into a nice position after that but it just made it tough for him," Henderson said. "I think his run might have just finished before the line but we'll go to the Naturalism next and see where that takes us."
Nick Williams said Homesman's first-up effort for second was just what the Macedon Lodge stable were after with the spring majors looming.
Hartnell, who started at $4.40, enjoyed a good run in the race but faded from the home turn. Trainer James Cummings said he needed to watch the replay of the race before making any decisions about the horse.
There were a few disappointments in the race including last year's winner Bonneval, who beat only two horses home - Mick Price's Group 1 pair Mighty Boss and Hiyaam.
WATCH: Magic Consol's win