With a fairly intense sales season ahead for Magnus – particularly in Melbourne – it’s fairly safe to say that the Friday double for Victoria’s Champion First Season has made us pretty happy about it.
Magnus notched up the first leg at Mornington when his stakesplaced 3YO, How Swede It Is, lobbed in a thriller over 1200m – much to the delight of trainer Shane Nichols and breeder/owner Kevan Wacey who, earlier in the day, had sold his Tale of the Cat yearling on the Gold Coast for $180,000. So, Kevan can happily lay claim to a double of his own!
However, it was the powerful front running effort of debutante – Prettyhappyaboutit – that had her owners on their feet at Cranbourne, racing away to score comfortably over the 1000m journey.
Happy? Well, somebody had backed Prettyhappyaboutit into $2.15 favouritism and she never gave them a moment’s worry, building a commanding three panel margin by the time they hit the wire.
Bred by Eliza Park and out of the Peaks and Valleys mare, Call Me Pretty, Prettyhappyaboutit is trained by leading Super VOBIS mentor, Robbie Griffiths who snapped up the filly at the 2011 Magic Millions.
Prettyhappyaboutit is a half sister to the Fastnet Rock stakes winner Born To Rock and hails from the family of Storm Bird.
Magnus has 19 yearlings entered for the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale (3-6 March) – including a full sister to How Swede It Is (below) – while a further 11 will be offered at the Adelaide Magic Millions (11-13 March).