Group 1 goals are firmly on the agenda now for two progeny of Eliza Park sire Magnus following impressive wins on the weekend.
Group 1 bound Malaguerra, winner of the Group 2 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and Miss Promiscuity, winner of the Geoff Murphy Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield, were two of six winners by Magnus on Easter Saturday.
Other progeny of Magnus winning on Saturday were Miss Wynette at Caulfield; Salaqua at Ararat; and McKenna and Purple Passage at Alice Springs.
Magnus now has 79 winners for the season which means he is an odds-on favourite to beat the 94 winners he had last season. He is now 18th on the national sires table by earnings and 12th by winners.
At Rosehill on Saturday, Malaguerra looked to be pocketed away on the fence in the straight, but eventually gained a gap and raced impressively through to record his fourth consecutive win.
He defeated the David Brideoake Victorian bred Target In Sight with Coolring hanging on for third.
Trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman have aimed Malaguerra towards the Group 1 Stradbroke in Brisbane all along the way this preparation, but he may get a chance at the highest level earlier than that.
“He is a bulldog and once he gets at them he gets his head down and lowers himself” Lee said.
“I’ll probably give him a run at the end of The Championships. I might even run him in the TJ (Smith Stakes) because he’s a horse in form.
“The plan is the Stradbroke Handicap but whether we run there, I’ll just see how he feels and how his behaviour is.”
Malaguerra is probably the best performing graduate out of Inglis’ VOBIS Gold Yearling sale. After being sold for $32,000, he now has 9 wins and 2 seconds from 16 starts for earnings of $432,100.
He was bred by the Armanasco family’s Sandown Lodge Stud and sold through Ballarto Lodge’s draft.
He is out of the the now 26 year old Bletchingly mare Tennessee Morn whose previous best had been the Listed stakes-winner Tennessee Midnight (Danehill), the dam of Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha (Encosta de Lago) and the dam of Group II winner My Emotion (Savabeel).
Tennessee Morn has not had a foal since the 3yo Wanted colt Tennessee Outlaw but was covered by Magnus again last breeding season.
The Hayes/Dabernig trained Miss Promiscuity will be set for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphetville in May.
Already a black-type winner, she is bred and raced by Magnus’ breeder and owner, Rob Crabtree. She is out of the Distant Music mare Zipstream who currently has a full brother at foot.
Miss Promiscuity has now won 6 races for total prizemoney of $424,820.