Malibu Style continued the winning run for Magnus with a well-deserved victory in the Listed Crawford Stakes (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Magnus has a great strike-rate in Perth with 4 of his 13 stakes winners based west of the Nullarbor.
Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes winner Magnifisio has been a spearhead for the Sun Stud resident sire while The River (Listed Perth Stakes) and Great Shot (Listed Belmont Guineas) added their names in black-type this year.
Malibu Style (5g Magnus – Origami by Fusaichi Pegasus) took 26 starts to win in stakes company and connections are quietly confident he can double up on New Year’s Eve. “The speed map had him tracking Smoko and that’s the way it worked out. He was on the bridle and let down with a strong sprint in the straight,” trainer Neville Parnham said.
“We will keep him fresh for the (Listed) Summer Scorcher and then bring him back for a winter prep.”
Malibu Style was a $40,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale. He is from a half-sister to the Parnham-trained Excelorada who completed the Crawford Stakes – Summer Scorcher double in 2012-13.
Magnus (Flying Spur) stands at Sun Stud in association with leading Victorian breeder Rob Crabtree and his fee rose to $19,800 (inc gst) this year.
Crabtree’s red and white checked colours were in the frame at Moonee Valley on Friday night with eye-catching debutante Catchy. After dismounting, winning jockey Craig Williams compared her to champion filly Miss Finland!
Catchy is by Fastnet Rock and, like Malibu Style, is from a Fusaichi Pegasus mare. She cost Crabtree $220,000 at this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and holds Group 1 nominations for the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper.
Not to be outdone, Crabtree continued the winning run with his homebred grey filly So Belle (So You Think) scoring her maiden victory at Werribee. She is out of the Irish mare Belle Famille and, like Catchy, trained at Lindsay Park.