Eliza Park resident Magnus is one of Australia’s leading second-season sires but the best of his first crop is New Zealand gelding Platinum Kingdom who won the LR Southland Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.
Platinum Kingdom (3g Magnus – Miss Rangoon by Giant’s Causeway) had already claimed black-type victories in the LR Champagne Stakes at Riccarton and LR Dunedin Guineas at Wingatui for his owners Lincoln Farms and Neville McAlister.
Jockey Darryl Bradley is confident the very best is yet to come from Platinum Kingdom who made short of his rivals to score by a over length at Ascot Park. “He’s got so much potential he can do anything,” Bradley said. “You can put him anywhere in a race and he just switches off.
“The plan was to put him on speed,” Bradley said. “He relaxed well and was waiting for the others up the straight.”
Trainer Lisa Latta said Platinum Kingdom is now likely to have a short break. He has now won 6 of his 12 starts after selling for $67,500 as a foal at from Rothwell Park at the 2010 Magic Millions National weanling sale.
Magnus (Flying Spur) scored a G1 victory in the AJC The Galaxy. He and fellow Flying Spur sire Casino Prince head the Australian second-season sires title in the winners’ category – Casino Prince has 20 domestic winners from his first-crop to head Magnus (18) and Danehill Express (17).