Sun Stud sire Magnus came close to winding up the season with more black-type when Prince of Brooklyn went down a head in the LR Creswick Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
The Mick Price trainee is returning to the form that saw him emerge last year to capture the G3 National Stakes at Morphettville and VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill.
Prince of Brooklyn was bred by Chris Marks and he retained a share in a syndicate with trainer Mick Price. His dam Tristabeel (Zabeel) retired a maiden but has repaid Marks at stud with another outstanding Magnus performer in Duke of Brunswick.
Magnus sired an interstate double last Wednesday with Kolonga (Eagle Farm) and Intrigo (Sandown-Lakeside). Kolonga was bred by Monterey Stud and Intrigo by Dorrington Farm owner Rob Crabtree who raced Magnus and stands him in association with Sun Stud for a $19,800 (inc gst) fee.
Sun Stud rode a rollercoaster of emotions with Magnus last week after news his Perth mare Magnifisio had been euthanised following a colic attack. The G1 Winterbottom Stakes winner was in pre-training with Simon Miller for a Melbourne spring carnival campaign.
Magnus did have better news out of the west with his promising miler Great Shot attracting interest from Hong Kong. Owners Frank and May Edwards have received offers in excess of $1 million since his brilliant four-length victory in the LR Belmont Guineas (1600m) last week.
Great Shot has emerged as a potential G1 Railway Stakes contender after winning 5 of his 7 starts. “We’re having a lot of fun with the horse,” Edwards said. “The offers deserve respect but at the moment, unless something more mind-blowing comes along, I think we will continue racing him.”