King Magnus will have no pressure of getting into the All-Star Mile when he lines up in the Blamey Stakes for Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock On Saturday.
The training partnership will use the Group 2 contest over 1600 metres, for which he is currently a 25/1 chance, to get the son of Magnus ready for the All-Star Mile in a fortnight's time. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming service.
"The ownership group did a lot of the hard work and were really motivated to get him into the All-Star Mile," de Kock said.
"It was all more down to them, and we didn't have to do much, so all we've had to do is just prepare him for the race. But to be fair he has a pretty big following as he's such a courageous horse."
King Magnus won twice at Caulfield last season and was placed in Group 3 company before running fifth in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes and returned with a seventh in the Listed Elms Handicap on 19th February.
"He will have made natural improvement," de Kock said of that first-up run. "We were very happy with him first-up and he attacked the line well. Stepping up to the mile will really suit him and this race will top him off nicely for the All-Star Mile.
"But you have to be realistic as Zaaki is in the race, so it's going to be tough to beat a horse like that, but I'm expecting a bold showing from him all the same."