In a fitting end to 2012-13, Magnus has snared one of the final black type races of the season with Prettyhappyaboutit producing a command performance in the LR Lightning Stakes at Morphettville.
Prettyhappyaboutit (2f Magnus – Call Me Pretty by Peaks And Valleys) sat just behind the leader and then forged to the lead about 300m from home to score comfortably. Trained by Robbie Griffiths, she won easily at her first two outings in January, before peeling off four city placings prior to the Lightning.
Bred by Eliza Park, Prettyhappyaboutit, is a half sister to stakes winner Born To Rock and hails from the family of Champion sire Storm Bird.
As for Magnus – what a season! Sitting second on the Australian Second Season Sires’ chart by winners, 2013 is the year he has truly come of age.
Platinum Kingdom, a stakes winner at two and three in New Zealand, crossed the Tasman in the autumn and took out the LR South Pacific Stakes during the Sydney carnival before capturing the G3 Fred Best Stakes in Brisbane the following month.
Missy Cummings, won her first three races, culminating in the LR James Carr at Randwick, just a week after Platinum Kingdom grabbed black type at headquarters.
Then there’s the highly rated Perth sprinter, Magnifisio – winning all three starts at Belmont this time in – and who, according to Jim Taylor, has a very promising future.
And it might pay to ‘black book’ the brilliant debutant, I’m In Charge, who lived right up to his name with a resounding performance at Geelong on Friday.
It’s certainly shaping as a big spring for Magnus – both in the breeding barn and for his runners! He stands at Eliza Park International for a $13,200 (inc gst) fee.