McKay's Muscle

By Adam Hamilton

Kiwis Clive and Rona McKay have raced a long list of top horses, but Muscle Factory is potentially the best yet.

Rona went a step further after Muscle Factory’s mind-blowing $100,000 Group 1 Australian Gold Brisbane Graduate final at Albion Park last night.

“I’ve been waiting 80 years for this moment, for this horse to come into my life,” she beamed after the presentation.

“This is so exciting. Did you see how easily he won it and the time he went?”

Muscle Factory paced a smoking 1min53.1sec mile rate for 1660m capped by mesmerizing closing splits of 27.4 and 26.8sec.

His winning margin was a whopping 37.9m, reviving Queensland memories of 1999 when Courage Under Fire won the Gold Coast Derby by 48.75m.

“He’s still raw and has so much to learn. I can’t wait to get him out for a spell now and being him back as a three-year-old,” co-trainer Shane Tritton said.

“I know this is a strong crop, but after a break I’ll be surprised if there are many better three-year-olds next season than him.”

The McKay’s snared a large slice of Muscle Factory’s ownership following a conversation Rona had with Tritton on Miracle Mile night.

“I told Shane and Lauren to buy us a nice two-year-old if they found one, but Clive said we already had enough horses,” Rona smiled.

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