Monday, November 7, 2011


In the wake of performances from horses such as Black Caviar, Dunaden, Southern Speed, Atlantic Jewel, Pinker Pinker and the like, the progeny of first season sire, Magnus, may have slipped under the radar of the general public, but certainly not that of broodmare owners.
The dominant entire of his generation, Magnus was a brilliant sprinter who won or finished in the first four of no less than 10 Group Ones, and there are clear, albeit early indications he is passing on the prowess to progeny.
To date, Magnus has had just the three runners, but two of them have managed to poll black type success while the third, Magnusificent has put in some bold performances thus far.
Imprimis (ex. Tendency by Rory’s Jester) got the ball rolling with a thrilling second to the (very) highly rated Cambiaso on debut in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes-LR at Caulfield, a race in which Magnusificent (ex. Discretionary by Hurricane Sky) ran on solidly.
Magnusificent then finished just off the pace behind Real Stolle when sent out favourite for the Maribyrnong Plate-G3 on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. He certainly lived up to his name in terms of carriage and conformation, hence the huge opinion of the colt pre-race … an opinion hardly diminished by his fast finishing effort.
That said, the most Magnus plaudits for the Maribyrnong went to the first starter and Eliza Park bred and sold, Magnus Reign (ex. Vain Hill by Danehill) who led for most of the journey before racing greenly over the concluding stages.
So there you have it … 67% stakes horses to runners for Magnus. Long may he reign!

Imprimis (rails) runs a blinder in the Maribyrnong Trial-LR

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