Magnus stayer Hugo has emerged as a genuine Hobart Cup prospect after powering home in the Reissig Builders Hcp (2100m) in Launceston.
The Brendan McShane-trained gelding has been a model of consistency this time in and the latest win will lift his rating in the lead-up to Tasmania’s premier staying test.
“We have always had a decent opinion of this horse,” McShane said.
“Now that he has matured, I have no doubt he is up to the challenge of a Hobart Cup.”
Hugo was in the back-half of the field on Wednesday evening before making a winning move for Bulent Muhcu approaching the corner. There was no more than a couple of lengths between the first half-dozen across the line with Oerter (Elvstroem) and Smoke ‘N’ Whisky (Helike) filling the minors.
The G3 Hobart Cup (2400m) is worth $200,000 this year and is set down for Monday, February 8 at Elwick.
Hugo has only missed a cheque once in 10 starts this season for part-owner and breeder Rob Dixon who operates Reibey Lodge on the North Esk River near Launceston. He is by Eliza Park International stallion Magnus from LR Strutt Stakes winner Galvanized (Rubiton) and the dam was also stakes placed at Flemington and Moonee Valley.
Magnus has 10 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale starting with the EPI three-quarter brother to Platinum Kingdom (Lot 283). He is being offered as agent for Dorrington Park owner Rob Crabtree who raced Magnus to a Group 1 victory in the AJC Galaxy.