Phil Warren’s ever-consistent homebred galloper Streets Of Avalon has hit winning form for Mornington trainer Shane Nichols and is now ready to head to the lucrative Country Cups circuit.
The son of Magnus out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Kamuniak, Streets Of Avalon has had five placings this preparation from eight starts, so to bring up a second consecutive win at the end was definitely worth celebrating.
“He has been ultra-reliable. His preparation before he had ten starts for nine placings – which is quite remarkable, especially when five of those placings were in the city,” trainer Shane Nichols said.
Having always been a fan of Magnus, Nichols still sees the Sun Stud entire as one of the best value stallions going around.
“I have had a bit of luck with Magnus over the years and I think I trained his first stakes placegetter early in the piece. He really is a stalwart of Victorian breeding and for the price it’s hard to find better value anywhere. He is VOBIS Sires, VOBIS Gold, soft tracks, wet tracks, sprinter milers, they run at two, train to three – he can do it all,” Nichols said.
“He has a stack of horses that win $100,000 and while they might not be his headliners, they certainly give their owners a great ride. While at the sales, Magnus lets you sell a yearling for $100,000 or under and still make money, which is pretty difficult, but his service fee gives you that profit margin.”
Owner/breeder Phil Warren was first introduced to racing as an owner through good mate Simon O’Donnell and OTI Racing.
Warren later became a breeder after buying Kamuniak, the dam of Streets Of Avalon, from OTI after she was retired.
“Kamuniak is a full sister to Group 1 winner Jokers Wild. She will head back to Magnus this season and is about to drop a Starspangledbanner foal any day.
“I have a sister (to Streets of Avalon) who has just turned one, who I will race with a few friends and a three-year-old Fiorente filly with Jarrod Mclean at Warrnambool who just needs some time.
“Over the last few years I have started a little breeding operation, with my two mares both residing at Supreme Thoroughbreds with good friends Neil (Shaw) and Brent (Grayling).
“Neil is a great help advising me on which stallions to use, and they do a wonderful job raising and growing them out before they head off to Shane to train.
“I haven’t sold any myself, but funny enough Streets Of Avalon was actually prepped up and going to the breeze up sales, as I was looking to reduce my numbers.
“However after he galloped so well, I changed my mind at the last minute and kept him, and I’m so glad now that I did!” Warren exclaimed!
“My other mare Scrunchie (Stravinsky), who is a three time winner, was kept due to my daughter’s emotional attachment. She now has the best of care at Supreme and is about to foal a Rich Enuff and will head off to Sepoy this season.”
Warren was keen to praise of the work of Streets of Avalon’s trainer.
“Shane (Nichols) is a brilliant communicator, he does an exceptional job keeping all the owners in the loop with regular voice memos and videos. He is possibly backing up Streets Of Avalon next week if he gets a run, and then will freshen him for the spring and the country cups – which will be terrific fun.”