Powercharged stormed home last week to win the $100,000 Devonport Cup (1880m) giving the chestnut son of Magnus an overdue win and parcelling up the $60,000 first prize money for his eleven owners.
By Sun Stud’s Magnus and out the Danehill Dancer dam Maikochan, he was bred in Victoria by Go Shigemi & the Magnus Partnership.
He was sold through the Yallambee Stud draft for a bargain $7,000 at the 2012 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale to his now trainer John Blacker.
Trained at Longford in Northern Tasmania by Blacker and ridden by Ismail Toker, the win gave Powercharged a win at distance range that he had not previously encountered.
The 2010 October foal, had previously had five starts at the mile for two wins and a listed place 3rd back in February 2016 in the Listed George Adams Stakes, but defied all over the extra 280 metres of the Cup.
The win by the Blacker trained six-year-old, was full of grit and courage, as he raced wide for most of the race.
Coming off the bridle a long way home, this didn’t deter his will to win either, as the powerful son of Magnus ignited into the race with ease at the 600, storming into the straight and defying all challengers up the straight to score by three quarters of a length.
“This horse showed me something special almost from the first time I worked him on the training track but he was prone to injuring himself because of his antics around the stables,” Blacker said.
“Today he went into the race with good form in weight-for-age races and he dropped from carrying 59 kilograms to only 54kg and that is why I thought he would be very hard to beat.”
The win was the 46th individual winner for the season Sun Stud’s Magnus MAGNUS, who enjoyed a double on the night when progressive three-year-old Liffeybeau broke through for his deserved maiden win earlier in the day.
Magnus stood for an advertised service fee of $19,800 in 2016 at Sun Stud’s Kerrie property. He covered 177 mares in 2016, his biggest career book.
The good news for breeders using the Sun Stud sire continued at the Gold Coast last week with three yearlings by Magnus selling for an average $162,000 at Magic Millions.