What a cracking performance from Magnus debutant, Magnier, at Echuca today!
While we’re not about to confuse Echuca on Tuesday with Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, the performance of the Anthony Cummings trained colt was certainly very encouraging.
Jumping from the widest barrier, Magnier quickly headed them up and showed plenty of early pace to hold on to the lead. Taking a breather in the back straight, Magnier put some distance on the pack turning for home before racing away to score by a good four and a half lengths.
Impressive to say the least. It definitely caught the eye of TVN commentator, Richard Haynes, who reckons he had seen the colt previously in the paddocks of breeder, Robert Crabtree.
Well, he got a good look at him today and enthused that the colt will only improve from here on – and as he steps up in distance, being out the Zabeel mare, Zergo, a three quarters sister in blood to the champion, Might And Power.
Sporting the same red and white checked silks made famous by his sire, Magnier is the fifth winner by Magnus from only 14 runners: one of them is a stakes winner and three are stakes placed, auguring well for the first season sires’ prospects.
Magnier is named after Irish breeding supremo and former senator, John Magnier (below) … “clearly some synergy given that they share the first three letters and both are successful” we have been reliably informed.
Just how successful the equine version will be is open for conjecture, but today’s victory was a very good start!