By Glenn Davis
Talented Northern Rivers sprinter Alf’s Magic continued his amazing comeback from a bout of Ross River Fever to claim a rare city win for Grafton trainer Dwayne Schmidt at Doomben on Saturday.
Alf’s Magic, ridden by Jim Byrne, led all the way to down Pentito by three-quarters-of-a-length in the male’s division of the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap.
It completed a hat-trick of wins for the son of Rubick and his third victory from only five starts.
“I bought him for $55,000 at the Magic Millions but he was a little bit weak in the hocks so we just gave him time,” Schmidt said.
“He probably should be unbeaten.
“He possibly should have won his first start at Ipswich but he drew the outside gate and just couldn’t clear them.
“He then went for a spell and came back and only ran an average race at the Grafton carnival but we found out later he had Ross River Fever.”
Schmidt said Alf’s Magic took plenty of time to recover after receiving treatment for the setback.
“It was just a virus and on the lower scale but he just got very lethargic and was worn out,” he said.
“He’s getting better each time he goes to the races.”