Eliza Park’s first season sire, MAGNUS, has lived right up to his noble name by topping the 2011 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale with the flashy filly from Coconut Mamma (below).
Knocked down to Blue Sky Thoroughbreds for $170,000 during today’s third and final session, the yearling is closely related to Group One winners Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy (the dam of Gai Waterhouse’s multiple Group One winning filly More Joyous) and was bred by Dean Fleming, brother of Eliza Park principal, Lee.
A Group One winning sprinter (AJC The Galaxy-G1 and now Group One VRC Age Classic), Magnus featured in the first four in no less than 10 of racing’s ‘elite’ events and also campaigned in both England and Singapore.
A son of Flying Spur, Magnus is out of the Group Two winner Scandinavia and a half brother to the dam of the world’s No. 1 sprinter, Black Caviar.
Magnus shares his moniker with the first six kings of Norway (his granddam is Song Of Norway) and the name, loosely translated from Latin, means ‘great’.
And it’s certainly been a great start to his selling career! Indeed, Eliza Park could not have hoped for a better launch with his yearlings selling up to $120,000 at last week’s Gold Coast Magic Millions, auguring well for the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale where over 30 of the Magnus yearlings will be on offer.
Magnus stands at Eliza Park in conjunction with Yallambee Stud