STREETS OF AVALON LANDS GROUP 2 MAGNUS galloper STREETS OF AVALON has dominated his rivals first-up over 1200m in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
The only Group 1 winner in the field, the Shane Nichols trained son of MAGNUS was sent out a solid second favourite and recorded his 5th stakes win & 9th career victory, taking his earnings to $1.4m in the process.
Great to see 24-year-old jockey Zac Spain post his first Group 2 victory in the saddle too, after sitting outside the leader and controlling the race, he deserves plaudits for a perfectly executed ride.
"He’s unbelievable, we’ll go and defend the Futurity (Group 1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on February 20) title next,” said a proud Nichols.
Bred by Warren Racing, STREETS OF AVALON is the 3rd named foal out of the Black Minnaloushe mare, Kamuniak.
There is plenty of love for MAGNUS from Phil Warren and partners too - 3YO full-sister Orlando Grove is a metropolitan winner from just 2 starts, there is a full-brother on the ground (August 2020 foal) and Kamuniak is back in foal to the leading Victorian stallion off a September cover.
MAGNUS has registered 67 winners for the 2020/21 racing season, which places him inside the top 10 in the nation and he is the clear number 1 seed in Victoria by this metric. ... See MoreSee Less
UNBEATEN FIORENTE LICKS ‘EM AT FLEMINGTON Well, this is pretty exciting! FIORENTE 3YO, Liqueuro has maintained his unbeaten record with another bold display - this time over 2000m in the Lexus Summer Event Trophy at Flemington Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club. Trained at Cranbourne by Cindy Alderson Racing, Liqueuro made his debut at Mornington on New Year’s Day over 1500m and the 2000m at headquarters was considered a big step up, but the youngsters handled it with ease, finishing off strongly. Indeed, both Cindy and jockey Jamie Kah reckon Liqueuro will only get better as he goes further and there appears to be a whole range of options available for the son of FIORENTE. Liqueuro hails from the Galileo mare, Little Darring and was bred in South Australia by Dalibrov Drazetic, while prominent South Aussie breeder Ralph Satchell is also a part owner. They should have plenty of fun with their 3YO because this is clearly a FIORENTE going places. ... See MoreSee Less
GET READY FOR THIS MISS Impressive display from Adrian McGregor Racing’s READY FOR VICTORY filly, Miss Juvenile, who notched up her 2nd win in the Fillies & Mares event over 1514m at Yarra Valley Racing on Wednesday. Despite being one of the widest runners turning for home, Miss Juvenile really knuckled down in the straight, hauling in Saucy Deluxe who had the luxury of a 6 kilo pull in the weights. Bred by Sun Stud, Miss Juvenile is out of the Pure Prize mare, Amature's Prize. Despite only a handful of runners over the past month, READY FOR VICTORY has been represented by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr’s exciting youngster, Get in the Queue and Macleay, who ran a classy 3rd at Randwick on Saturday. ... See MoreSee Less
MAGNUS GRINDS OUT FLEMINGTON QUINELLA MAGNUS has shown yet again why he’s one of the best value stallions in Australia with his runners - Saccharo and Magnossiva - going 1-2 in the Grinders Coffee Trophy over 1600m at Flemington Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club. It was a much anticipated win for Saccharo who was sent around favourite for Ballarat trainer, Archie Alexander, who purchased the now 5YO from Sun Stud at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. It was a pearler of a run too from the Robbie Griffiths and Matthew de Kock trained, Magnossiva, who just found Saccharo too strong in the run to the line. Robbie is a marvel with the MAGNUS progeny - well over 20 winners now with a 90% strike rate! - and Robbie is also a part-owner along with wife Shiranee Griffiths. But full marks to the winner who was bred by South Australia’s Rob & Maureen McBryde under their Summerset Park Stud banner. Saccharo is out of the McBrydes Hawk Wing mare, Zaraya Rose, who also produced a filly by MAGNUS which will be sold by Summerset Park at the 2021 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale in March. ... See MoreSee Less