All jockey Chris Parnham could see was a wall of horses ahead when he stoked up Manageress in the Rivette Series Final (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Even when they took a split in the straight, it still looked as if Kansas Sunflower had pinched a winning break. But the Magnus filly absolutely mowed down the leader to get up by three-quarters of a length.
“I had to ride her for a bit of luck and fortunately enough we got it,” Parnham said after the barnstorming victory. “She’s been racing well without winning and has been pretty unlucky her last couple.
“At the 100m mark I wasn’t sure she was going to get there but to her credit she really stretched out nicely. It’s good to get her over the line – she really deserved it.”
Manageress (3f Magnus – Who’s In Charge by The Commander) had won a Cranbourne maiden in October and the fillies feature at headquarters increased her bank balance to $144,470 including $48,100 of VOBIS incentives.
The victory also keep up the winning momentum for Magnus. His filly Miss Promiscuity had captured the G3 Sir John Monash Stakes as part of a winning double at Caulfield last week and he notched more doubles of either side of Manageress with Lycka Till & Eklands (Friday) and Flying Magnus & Gredington (Sunday).
Magnus (Flying Spur) is based at Eliza Park International in Kerrie and he is primed to take over as Victoria’s leading local stallion in 2015-16 now that EPI champion Bel Esprit has moved to Queensland.
He sired the winners of $1.77 million with two crops racing in 2013 and that ballooned out to $3.57m with three crops in 2014. The upward spiral continued this season and he will finish in the vicinity of $5 million topped by Group 1 mare Magnifisio with $665,100.
Eliza Park International will stand Magnus for a $17,600 (inc gst) fee this year.