Bluegrass Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Lenny Russo has been a Magnus man since buying Group 1 winner Malaguerra for $32,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Sale.
Malaguerra won the G1 BTC Cup in May and he struck again in the G1 Darley Classic at Flemington last Saturday. The straight-six victory sent his earnings past $1.43 million for owner Bruno Micalizzi.
Straight after the carnival, Russo doubled up with Magnus filly Magnatti at Mornington. She controlled the Highview Accounting Plate (1000m) under Chris Parnham and was still the best part of three lengths clear at the winning post.
Russo bought her at the 2015 Melbourne Premier and she repaid the first instalment off a $130,000 price-tag on debut. "She cost a bit of money but I like her," trainer Wez Hunter said on Tuesday. "She jumped and cruised and it was pretty arrogant, really.
“She’s a natural and Chris said she was just too classy for them. We might give her one more run or tip her out straight away.”
Hunter also prepares Magnus mare Magnette who was a $110,000 buy for Bluegrass Bloodstock at the 2014 Adelaide Magic Millions. She has won three races for a syndicate that includes breeder Rob Crabtree and Dave Azzopardi’s Dream Thoroughbreds.
Crabtree raced Magnus to a Group 1 victory in The Galaxy in Sydney and stands him in partnership with Sun Stud for a service fee of $19,800 (inc gst).
Meanwhile, Malaguerra has arrived in Perth for the G1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot. He has opened a $3 TAB favourite for the $1 million sprint on November 26.
“I love Magnus,” Russo declared. “He wasn’t a big horse but he was athletic and Malaguerra is the same.”
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