TBV member Andrew Goulopoulos has selected Victorian sire Magnus for his mare Beirut after she bowed out of racing with a prized black-type win in Adelaide.
Beirut (Lonhro) free-wheeled to a brilliant front-running victory in the G3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The 6yo mare retires in career-best form – it was her fifth win a row for Goulopoulos and trainer Henry Dwyer.
“There’s not much more she can do now,” Dwyer reasoned. “I thought she might have just about had enough after her last win but that was probably the best she’s ever gone.”
Goulopoulos has a select herd of mares on his family’s property at Flinders on the Mornington peninsula and among them is Beirut’s dam Leica Light (Hennessy). She won in Sydney and was stakes placed in the LR Dark Jewel Classic and LR Mona Lisa Stakes.
Agent Tim Stewart (FBAA) bought Leica Light on behalf of Goulopoulos for $200,000 at the 2010 Inglis Sydney Easter Sale when she was carrying the Spring Stakes winner.
Her Your Song colt made $120,000 at the Melbourne Premier in March when purchased by Bahen Bloodstock and her latest foal is a colt by Sebring.
Magnus is coming off another very successful season siring 107 individual winners of 173 races and $6.16 million in 2015-16. He stands for a $19,800 (inc gst) fee at Sun Stud.