Majestic Mach has only suffered defeat once in his career. Image courtesy of harness.org.au
A galaxy of stars will converge on Albion Park next Saturday night. The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to a night of feature pacing events headlined by the Seymour Nursery Pace Finals for the emerging talent in the sport. But there will be one star that shines brightest of all.
His name is Majestic Mach, a 3-year-old flying machine that has quickly developed a cult following around the country and is widely regarded as the best talent produced in the sunshine state since the incomparable Blacks A Fake ($4.5 million).
Majestic Mach doesn’t boast movie star looks, in fact, it would be almost impossible to pick him as the next big thing in Australian harness racing circles if he was in a paddock surrounded by other standardbreds. This plain ordinary looking gelding won’t win any major prizes in style events, but it’s his giant sized motor that separates him from the rest of the pack.
Bred and raced by generous harness racing benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour, Majestic Mach was placed in the care of leading Queensland horseman Grant Dixon after being broken in at Goldrush Lodge, a private farm based at Toowoomba owned by the Seymour couple.
Those close to the pacer know him as ‘Razzle’, a term that certainly doesn’t reflect his looks or style.
“There is nothing special about him; he’s a rather ordinary looking horse who was covered with warts on his nose at one point, but it was obvious that his looks weren’t going to win him races, rather it was his endless stamina and a will to win that I’ve never come across previously. He’s such a natural.” Grant Dixon said.
An unbeaten rookie season catapulted Majestic Mach to immediate stardom, he demoralised his rivals on nine occasions collecting a trio of Group One events while claiming a host of state and national awards along the way.
In the week leading up to his final start as a 2yo on July 28 last year, the Gr.1 $100,000 RQIS Final at Albion Park, trainer/driver Grant Dixon was diagnosed with chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML), a cancer of the blood cells mainly affecting adults which usually grows slowly at first.
The news hit the 39yo hard forcing him out of the sulky for well over a month while further tests were carried out, but his family and friends rallied behind him and kept his busy stable ticking over nicely. During his downtime, his star pacer Majestic Mach was off enjoying some well-earned rest after his stunning breakout season.
With Dixon back on the track after gaining medical clearances, the team was back together and it was business as per normal again with the pair combining to win their first two races while bigger targets were set.
Connections headed interstate for the first time with their prized possession back in March; the mission was the $200,000 NSW Derby at TABCORP Park, Menangle and after winning his heat easily enough, Majestic Mach fell agonisingly short in the final when beaten by Victorian colt Lennytheshark after starting from the outside draw.
“The defeat in Sydney was hard to take, obviously we wanted keep his perfect record intact but, as we all know, you can’t win all the time and we’re still very proud of his effort.
I really wanted to win that race for Kevin and Kay, I really wanted that race just to say thanks because they’ve been a fantastic support team for me over the past twelve months in a number of ways but it wasn’t meant to be, we’ve quickly moved on from that race and we’re grateful for what we have.”
Since returning to his home state, Majestic Mach has thrashed his rivals easily winning the Breeders Classic series at the Gold Coast plus the QBRED Triad series at Albion Park. The brilliant pacer will start at unbackable odds in his heat on Tuesday afternoon at Albion Park while he will be around a similar quote to win the final next weekend.
Remaining feature targets this season include the Queensland Derby at Albion Park in July while the Australasian Breeders Crown series the following month in Melbourne is also under strong consideration.
Owner Kevin Seymour is already looking at the time honoured Miracle Mile in November against all-comers as a possible target but Dixon was quick to temper those ambitious plans.
“I know Kevin and Kay are searching for a Grand Circuit champion and he could easily develop into that type of horse but we need to keep things in check, he’s only a very young horse with plenty of time on his side.
I think we will sit down at the end of this season in August and reassess all of our future plans, there’s no need to rush into these things.”
Just like his health, Dixon is happy to take things day by day with his potential champion and remains focused on winning his very next start.