Eliza Park International’s Magnus moved into double-figures when The River became his 10th stakes winner in the RL Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) on Sunday.
Sent out the $3 favourite against a crack field at Pinjarra, he made the most of a gun run to score by a length from Stored Energy (Alfred Nobel). They dominated the finish with third placed The Celt (Planet Five) another four lengths in arrears.
The River (2g Magnus – Jestceny by Real Jester) was bred and sold by Darling View Thoroughbreds for $115,000 at the 2015 Perth Magic Millions.
The Magic Millions pay-day boosted his earnings to $224,700.
The River’s three older siblings had all been winners on the track and the two-year-old is likely to challenge Group 1 winning Magnifisio as the west’s best Magnus progeny.
“I was confident after he worked this week and drawing a barrier also helped,” trainer Trevor Andrews said. “He’s a lovely horse and this justified paying that money for him last year.
“He looked sharp as a yearling and he looked sharp today. We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves but he will go to the paddock and freshen up for the Karrakatta.”
The G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) is worth $500,000 and is set down for April 2 at Ascot. Andrews completed the Magic Millions Classic – Karrakatta Plate double last year with Lucky Street.
Over the weekend, progeny of Magnus also won at Sale (Sandon’s Stage) and the Sapphire Coast (Force of Magic) along with Powercharged placing 2nd in the Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes on Hobart Cup Day.
Magnus (Fying Spur) stands at Eliza Park International and he has 10 yearlings entered for the Melbourne Premier Sale commencing on February 28.