Group One winning sprinter and boom first season sire, Magnus, is poised to launch his stud career in memorable fashion with two runners entered for the Listed $100,000 Herald Sun SuperRacing Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Sunday … the opening juvenile stakes race of the season in Victoria.
Well supported during his first three seasons at stud, Magnus (below) will be represented in the Herald Sun by the Anthony Freedman trained, Magnusificent – who hails from a half sister to Group winning two year olds Doubting and Special Edition – and Mick Cerchi’s Imprimis.
While Imprimis has yet to appear publicly, Magnusificent must have given Freedman plenty of confidence for Sunday’s race following a hard held second in his trial at Cranbourne on 19 September.
Win, lose or draw, it’s a tremendous start for Magnus who was one of the toughest sprinters in his day, campaigning in three continents.
Another clear boost to his stocks is that his half sister, Helsinge, is the dam of world champion sprinter and Australian Horse of the Year, Black Caviar, with many breeders attempting to tap into the well of black type that is Magnus’ family.