The Magnus sired four year old Great Shot fought on strongly to win the $100,000 Listed Old Comrade Stakes over 1600m at Ascot last Saturday.
The Western Australian galloper is trained by young gun Rhys Radford. Being Radford’s best horse to date, this was Great Shot’s third black type victory, having won the Listed Belmont Guineas and the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes.
Radford is living the dream, for as long as he can remember he has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and former horseman, Warren Radford, and train horses.
Great Shot now has the impressive record of 7 wins and 8 placings from just 17 starts, and taking his prize money to nearly half a million dollars.
Owner Frank Edwards said Great Shot will be briefly spelled before being targeted at a Belmont Park weight-for-age treble.
“I’d be keen to start him in the Belmont Sprint, Hyperion Stakes and Strickland Stakes. Then he could have another let-up before his preparation for the Ascot carnival,” Edwards said.
Regular jockey, Craig Staples is confident Great Shot can successfully rise to Group 1 level for the $1 million Railway Stakes in November and the $1 million Kingston Town Classic in December.
“In my opinion, there’s no doubt he’s up to running a big race in the Railway. I think he’s also a top prospect for the Kingston Town,” Staples said.
Sun Stud’s Magnus has already had a Group 1 winner in Perth with Magnifisio taking out the Winterbottom Stakes. Western Australia has also provided him with several other black-type winners and performers including Malibu Style who is expected to line up at Caulfield this weekend.