Backstedt blitz at Flemington

Eliza Park stallion Magnus has sired a 12 individual winners since the start of the month and is blitzing his rivals in that category on the Australian third-season premiership.

Since August 1, Magnus has been represented by 38 winners and he holds a commanding lead over Casino Prince (29), Dylan Thomas (26) and Bernardini (22).

Magnus sired a winning treble courtesy of Tiny Temper (Strathalbyn), Magnapal (Caulfield) and Powercharged (Launceston) last Wednesday and he backed that up on a huge weekend starting with Fight to the Line (Moonee Valley) on Friday night.

Eklands kick-started Saturday at Albury before Backstedt (Flemington), Magnifisio (Ascot) and Miss Maggiebeel (Cranbourne) kept the wheels turning on the conveyor belt of winners.

Backstedt (4g Magnus – Lycra by Tights) led from the outset to win the Dorevitch Pathology Hcp (1720m) at headquarters.  “There wasn’t a lot of pace in the race and we thought we would grab the race by the scruff of the neck,” David Hayes said.  “It was good watching them all off the bit chasing him – you can do it occasionally at Flemington.”

The Lindsay Park trainer predicted Backstedt would progress to open class as he developed and matured.  He said the gelding is not unlike stablemate Whisper Downs who can stand up to a lengthy campaign and continually earn prizemoney.

Bred by Rob Crabtree, he is named after Swedish professional cyclist Magnus Backstedt.

Magnus (Flying Spur) stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee.