Sun Stud sire Magnus sired his 12th stakes winner in Perth on Saturday and for an encore cracked 100 individual winners this season on Sunday.
Magnus miler Great Shot lived right up to his potential with a 4 length victory in the LR Belmont Guineas (1600m) for Oakford based Rhys Radford. “He won by 3 lengths here a fortnight ago and was even better today,” the rookie trainer said. “We removed the blinkers and that’s made a difference. He’s more relaxed and free flowing now.
“We had thoughts of another run but he will go to the paddock,” he added. “We haven’t mapped out his next campaign yet.”
Radford prepares the gelding for Frank and May Edwards who bought him at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions for $31,000. He’s a three-quarter brother to Caulfield’s LR Perri Cutten Classic winner Gawne (Flying Spur) and has won 5 times in 7 starts and earned $246,550.
In what was regarded as a very competitive field, Great Shot simply blew the opposition away under Craig Staples. “I was determined to lead and knew he wouldn’t stop. The only time anyone got close was pulling up.
“He broke their hearts and I’m glad Frank and May have found one they deserve.”
Magromeus is another Magnus 3yo and she brought up a century of winners for the Sun Stud stallion at Coleraine. The Terry & Karina O’Sullivan trained filly was successful when stretching out to 1300m for the first time.
Meanwhile, trainer Vaughn Sigley has sent Group 1 mare Magnifisio for a spell after a hoof injury derailed plans for the G3 Hyperion Stakes earlier this month. “We have had a battle with her tying up and a hoof issue,” Sigley said. “She can come back fresh for the Winterbottom Stakes.”
During a four-start autumn campaign, the 6yo Magnus mare won the LR Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) and LR Northam Stakes (1100m) and was runner-up in the Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) and G3 Roma Cup (1200m).
Sun Stud has raised the service fee for Magnus (Flying Spur) in 2016 to $19,800 (inc gst).