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A descendant of one of Western Australia’s most revered families, Magnus colt Malibu Style earned a second stakes win and a first in Melbourne when cruising to victory in Saturday’s TBV Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

It was a fitting win for the race sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and named after another Sun Stud sire in the multiple Victorian champion Bel Esprit

Ridden by Steven Parnham for his father Neville, Malibu Style came clear in the final stages to defeat Legless Veuve (Pins) by two and a quarter lengths with favourite Crystal Dreamer (Stratum) a nose back in third

Previously a winner of the Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) at Ascot in December, Malibu Style advanced his record to 7 wins, 5 seconds and 7 thirds from 29 starts with earnings of $399,725.

“He has really, really thrived here and I don’t think I’ve seen him looking better,” Parnham said.

“At home he tended to get a bit edgy before a race but he’s nice and settled here.

“This was the race I picked out which I thought might just suit him and we had a race a couple of weeks back over 1000 metres and he performed very creditably.”

The 5yo gelding was a $40,000 purchase by his trainer from the Bowness Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling sale.

He is the third foal of the unraced Fusaichi Pegasus mare Origami whose dam Born Western (Best Western) was one of four stakes winners out of the grand broodmare Rich Haul (Haulpak).

Malibu Style is Sun Stud sire Magnus’ third stakes winner for the racing season which also includes multiple Group 1 winner Malaguerra and another Western Australian black type winner in Great Shot.

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