Emerging stayer and son of Magnus, Mahamedeis brilliantly won his second country cup in a week with a dominant performance in Sunday’s $125,000 TAB Werribee Cup (2000m) at Spendthrift Australia Park.
Trained by Nick Ryan at Caulfield, his flag-bearer galloper travelled beautifully under Luke Currie and, when asked for an effort from the 500m, let down with his customary turn of foot to quickly account for his rivals.
The one-and-a-quarter length win over Second Bullet and Another Coldie came seven days after a six-length romp in the Traralgon Cup over 1950 metres for Noel Callow, who was forced to miss Sunday’s race after falling heavily at Sandown earlier in the week.
Bred by Rick & Christie Woodard, the son of Magnus was a bargain $24,000 purchase at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale sold through the Supreme Thoroughbred draft by JJ Gordon Bloodstock Consultants.
Another product of the fertile soils and great management from the Woodard’s at Yallambee Stud, they are now enjoying a change of scenery helping manage well known racing identity and equine veterinary expert Dr Bill Burns’ 3500-acre Shadai Wagyu Station in Nagambie.
From the Elusive Quality mare, Elusive Magic, a product of Newham’s Contract Racing, and through Vern Pope, Elusive Magic is now based in Tasmania with breeder Saskia van Lulofs Umbgrove.
Winning trainer Nick Ryan was very pleased about his Magnus marvel post Cup win, who has now won six races from just 17 starts and has claimed more than $500,000 prizemoney.
Ryan indicated that the progressive stayer would be given the chance to improve on his record after a short let-up.
“He really is starting to show his true talent this horse as a superior stayer.” Ryan said.
“It was a great ride for a great bunch of owners. He will now head to the paddock to cool his jets, and as a few owners are in Sydney who couldn’t make it here today, we might look at a Sydney race after he has a little break.”
Winning hoop Luke Currie gave a glowing report post Cup.
“He just jumped & travelled really well throughout. He has improved a lot this horse, the deeper he has gone into his prep, the better he has been. He looks a really nice horse going forward, and there is certainly more than one really good race in him.”
Sun Stud’s brilliant producer, Magnus now has 48 individual winners and close to $2,000,000 in progeny earnings for the 2018/19 season. After another terrific season in the shed, Magnus served well over 150-plus mares, while at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, Magnus will be represented by 26 very impressive yearlings.
Furthermore, just up the road in the Macedon Ranges, Spendthrift Australia should be applauded for their sponsorship of the new naming rights for the Werribee Racecourse.
Now known as Spendthrift Australia Park, Werribee Racing Club General Manager Ashley Baker believes is the beginning of a new era for the Club.
“We are thrilled to announce this fantastic partnership with leading Victorian based breeding and racing farm Spendthrift Australia. The name remains respectful of the proud history of the Werribee Racing Club which dates back to 1861, as we look to re-establish ourselves a leader in the local community and the racing industry.”
“Spendthrift Australia are significant contributors to the industry, here in Victoria, and the great opportunity to work in partnership, grows our brands both on and off the track”.
Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy was equally enthusiastic about the announcement.
“We are very excited to take over the naming rights to the Werribee Race Club. A club with a wonderful history and a great vision towards the future. A partnership like this signifies the intention of Spendthrift to establish ourselves as a leading farm in Victoria and Australia.”
Spendthrift Australia Park is also the home of the Racing Victoria’s International Quarantine Centre, which for the first time this year was at capacity with 32 international raiders being housed in the three compounds.