By Glenn Davis
It’s rare a horse with prizemoney of more than $1.5 million races at Mount Isa but that’s the case with former Magic Millions Classic winner, Le Chef.
Mount Isa stages its first TAB meeting since August, 2015 with seven races programmed on Thursday.
One of the main races is the Open Plate, a set weights race over 1000m, which has attracted six runners.
Le Chef was a $120,000 buy as a yearling for Mount Isa businesswoman Lenore Saunders.
The seven-year-old son of Exceed And Excel won the Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in 2015 for his original trainer, Caloundra’s Darryl Hansen.
He has banked more than $1.5 million in prizemoney with eight wins and five placings from 27 starts with the bulk coming from his Magic Millions victory.
Le Chef was transferred to Mount Isa trainer Jay Morris towards the end of last year and under his care has continued on his winning way with two wins and a second from four starts for his new trainer.
He won on debut for Morris at Cloncurry in October before failing first-up in an Open sprint over 1000 metres at Townsville in November.
Le Chef registered his second win for Morris when he won over 1200 metres at Mount Isa on June 8.
Morris will also saddle up Yarrapower in the Open Plate while Le Drama will start in the Open Handicap (140m) and Alik in the Class Three Plate (1200m).
“I bought Le Chef for Lenore as a yearling at the Magic Millions sales and he was trained by Darryl Hansen when he started off,” Morris said.
“He’s had a few injuries during his career but he’s still got some fight in him.
“He’s only had a few runs for me and he needs his races spaced because of his old injuries.”
Morris is a builder by trade and is vice-president of the Mount Isa Race Club.
“I’ve only got time to have about six horses in work and I’ve been on the club committee for three years and this is my first year as vice-president,” he said.
“I’ve been training for about 12 years and we haven’t had a TAB meeting here since 2015.”
Morris won the Mount Isa trainers’ premiership in 2017-18.
His biggest wins were two Birdsville Cups with Just A Touch (2011) and Iron Meteorite (2015) and a Cleveland Handicap in Townsville with Heart in 2010.
Morris can’t split Le Chef and Yarrapower and also rates Alik a strong chance in the Class Three Plate.
“Alik is a bit of a risk in the gates but he’s racing extremely well and should be hard to beat,” he said.
Alik is chasing a hat-trick of wins after winning his past two starts at Cloncurry and Mackay.
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