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Mr Slick headed for Magic Millions


Trainer Leon Morton believes his low profile could be holding back the talented Mr Slick as Queensland’s next major sprinting force.

Mr Slick made a stunning comeback to win for the sixth time in 13 starts when he scored by five lengths in the Cranstoun Hussein Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on Wednesday.

“He’s a very underestimated horse,” Morton said.

“If he was in a bigger stable he’d get more accolades and would be the next champion.”

Gold Coast-based Morton now hopes Mr Slick, who was having his first start since finishing second to the Liam Birchley-trained Rags To Riches in the Listed Tatt’s Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 21, will earn a shot at the Magic Millions Cup on his home track next month.

“I imagine he’d have to win another race to get in but I’m looking at the Magic Millions Cup with him,” Morton said.

“After that he’ll go for a spell and come back for the winter races.

“That win was more like a working gallop and I’m hoping he’ll measure up to the Stradbroke next year.”

Morton has some reservations about Mr Slick going past 1600 metres.

“He’s too solid and the breed don’t go much further than a mile (1600m),” he said.

Morton, who trained in Kuala Lumpur for two years from 2003, had planned to send Mr Slick to north Queensland for the Cleveland Bay Handicap (1200m) in Townsville in July following his brave performance behind Rags To Riches.

The widely-travelled Morton has been training on the Gold Coast for three years after originally hailing from Tolga on the Atherton tablelands in north Queensland,

By Glenn Davis