Late last year Robbie Griffiths claimed that all 16 horses he had trained by Magnus had all won – and now he can add the pint-sized chestnut filly Magnicity, after she broke her maiden over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley.
Making her first start in 12 weeks after last racing at Caulfield in the Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes and Flemington in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes in her first preparation, Magnicity was able to handle the pressure well before the home turn and the hard riding by Jye McNeil.
“It was a good effort because she came here off a soft trial and we chased a strong speed,” McNeil said. “I thought she toughed it out well to the line. Physically she might be stronger, but she is still small, but it’s her strong-mind and very good-nature that is the key for her.”
The daughter of Magnus was purchased by Griffiths Racing / CB Bloodstock for $70,000 from the Edinburgh Park draft at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale after Edinburgh Park pin hooked her for $40,000 at the 2017 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale.
A three-quarter sister to Listed ATC James Carr Stakes winner Missy Cummings (Magnus), Magnicity is the third foal and first winner out of the four-time winning Exceed And Excel mare, A City Girl who is a daughter of the triple Listed stakes-winner Lady Knockout.
One of Victoria’s most popular stallions, Group 1 Galaxy Stakes winner Magnus covered 159 mares at Sun Stud last spring at a fee of $19,800. The sire of 17 stakes winners, and closely related to Black Caviar, he was bred and raced by Rob Crabtree who is also the breeder and owner of Missy Cummings.
Griffiths has had a long association with Magnus and is the stallion’s most ‘successful’ trainer.
“I’ve had 19 runners by Magnus and 18 of them have won!” Griffiths reveals. “I trained one of his early stakes winners in Prettyhappyaboutit, along with horses like Roman Fizz and Scandimania.
“We’ve also bred to him several times and, as a matter of fact, our home-bred, Halvorsen, won the VOBIS Gold Carat at Moonee Valley 10 days ago and backed up on Saturday with a good second in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes at Caulfield.”
“Hopefully with that kind of strike rate, Rob will eventually send me another one of his Magnus’s to train!” Griffiths adds with a laugh.