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Hugo Heading To Launceston Cup


Hugo fought back to win the Sydeston Night Cup (2100m) at Mowbray on Wednesday evening after being headed in the straight by the favourite Valdez.

The gutsy victory earned Hugo a start in the G3 Launceston Cup next week. “He had a couple of issues after a very tough run last time but he looked quite normal after pulling up tonight so I would expect him to run in the Cup,” trainer Brendan McShane said. “I have no doubt this horse will run out a strong 2400 metres.”

Hugo deserved to break through after being runner-up at his previous three outings behind Big Tilly, Deux Foix and Miss It And A Bit.

Eliza Park International sire Magnus got him from LR Strutt Stakes winner Galvanized. The Rubiton mare was also stakes placed at Flemington and Moonee Valley. She has a yearling filly by Written Tycoon and was bred back to Statue Of Liberty last year.

The Night Cup result came shortly after a Magnus yearling made $115,000 at the Perth Magic Millions. His colt from Jestceny will be prepared by leading local trainer Trevor Andrews.

Victorian trainer Wez Hunter also weighed in with $60,000 in the west for a Magnus – Markka filly entered by Eliza Park International. The Perth market was a natural fit for Magnus after his outstanding mare Magnifisio won the G1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in November.

Magnus has 7 lots entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale next month starting with the half-brother to Flemington juvenile stakes winner Spectrolite (Lot 66).

Eliza Park International has the majority of yearlings by Magnus at Oaklands Junction including a filly from Flokkati (Lot 160). The dam is a three-quarter sister to the $60,000 filly purchased by Hunter in Perth.

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