“Magic Circle might be a greater horse than Mount Athos and hopefully it could take me that bit nearer,” Koukash mentioned.
His coach Ian Williams is proud of Magic Circle’s preparation, though his keenness to see the horse win is dimmed barely by the prospect of Koukash getting his gear off.
Williams mentioned his greatest concern forward of the race was the proprietor’s potential antics post-race though Koukash was not perturbed.
“You would need to be an absolute depressing bastard to not get pleasure from what’s going on right here,” Koukash mentioned.
With final 12 months’s Cup successful jockey Corey Brown booked for the mount 10 weeks in the past, Magic Circle’s connections are assured.
Koukash, a multi-millionaire, was born in Palestine and as a boy was a refugeein Jordan earlier than his household made their technique to Kuwait. He then moved to England as a teen and handed a PhD in electrical engineering earlier than his entrepreneurial spirit took maintain.
“I’m not positive I’ve at all times been as flamboyant as I’m now,” Koukash mentioned.
Clearly he loves horseracing and the Melbourne Cup, having demolished extra gin and tonics on Saturday evening than his head appreciated on Sunday.
He solely has to remain the gap till Wednesday morning when he leaves Australia having, from his perspective, watched Magic Circle keep the 2 miles of the Melbourne Cup.
One will get the sensation he’s extra assured in his horse’s capability on that rating than his personal.
“Magic Circle might be the one true stayer within the race and if it seems to be a truly-run two-mile race then there are just one or two horses that would win it,” Koukash mentioned.