First for Magnus at Mornington

Magnus sired three stakes performers before delivering a breakthrough winner at Mornington on Sunday.  The Flying Spur sire stands at Eliza Park in conjunction with Yallambee Stud.

How Swede It Is (2c Magnus – In Need I Am by General Nediym) had been well and truly knocking on the door with four placings from his previous five outings including an unlucky second to Underestimation in the LR St Albans Stakes at Moonee Valley.

“What a terrific win,” trainer Shane Nichols declared after the Brooklands Maiden Plate (1200m).  “The tempo of the race didn’t suit him but he’s been ultra consistent and this was well and truly deserved.

“I’ve got five by Magnus and I couldn’t be happier with them.  How Swede It Is will run in the G3 South Australian Sires’ Produce in a fortnight and I expect him to be very competitive.”

How Swede It Is won by more than a length over Fiesty Belle (Casino Prince).  He races for owner-breeder Kevan Wacey of Gleneagles Stud and is from city winning General Nediym mare In Need I Am.  She, in turn, is out of Rory’s Jester mare Emily Blue so there’s plenty of speed in the bottom half of the pedigree.

Magnus finished in the top four in no less than 10 Group 1 sprints and he is also a half-brother to the dam of Black Caviar.  Apart from How Swede It Is, he has also sired black-type performers Imprimis and Magnus Reign.

Magnus is the third first-season son of Arrowfield champion Flying Spur to be credited with a winner in 2011-12 following Casino Prince (Patinack) and Shaft (Darley).  The Flying Spur branch of the Danehill sireline also includes older winner-getters Primus (Chatswood), Heritage (Yarradale), Volitant (Oxford Park) and Jet Spur (Glenlogan Pk).