Under-rated stayer Magnapal will be given in a chance to qualify for the G1 Caulfield Cup after opening his black-type account in the LR Heatherlie Hcp (1700m) at Caulfield.
Magnapal is the 9th stakes winner by Eliza Park International sire Magnus and trainer Terry O’Sullivan has higher honours in mind for the gelding who will be nominated for the G3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) next up on September 19.
“He’s nominated for the Caulfield Cup and will qualify if he wins the Naturalism,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s a bit of a pipedream but he’s heading in the right direction.”
Magnapal (6g Magnus – Luxapal by Kenny’s Best Pal) settled just behind Onpicalo and overhauled the leader when jockey Luke Currie produced him at just the right time on Saturday. It was his second win in a row following a first-up Sandown victory over 1400 metres on August 12.
“We had a nice run from a good draw and he showed a good turn of foot at the top of the straight,” Currie said. “I was worried the 1700 metres might find him out but he was very strong to the line.”
Magnapal is from the first crop by Magnus – so is Group 1 winning Perth mare Magnifisio – and is a half-brother to the stakes performers Red for Lou (Testa Rossa) and Miss Elvee (Elvstroem). He was sold by Yallambee Stud for $70,000 at the 2011 Inglis Premier and is raced by William Gee, John Jolley and Lewis Warner.
Magnus (Flying Spur) is standing this season for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International.