Russo ride reaches Group 1 at Randwick

FBAA member Lenny Russo is living the dream with Malaguerra and the ride reaches Group 1 level in the All-Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Russo operates Bluegrass Bloodstock from Moonee Ponds and he purchased Malaguerra for owner Bruno Micallizzi at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.  “He was on my short-list,” Russo recalled.  “His sire Magnus wasn’t an overly big horse but he was athletic and Malaguerra had the same look.

MALAGUERRA Lenny Russo (left) and Bruno Micallizzi after the Bob Hoysted Stakes at Flemington

Lenny Russo (left) and Bruno Micallizzi after the Bob Hoysted Stakes at Flemington

“He’s balanced and a lovely walker and I was confident he was the horse I was taking home.  He’s been a great earner for Bruno and it’s been a great ride for me.”

The bay was bred by Sandown Lodge Stud and offered by Ballarto Lodge three years ago this weekend.  “I forgave that he was out of an older mare because he comes from a good farm,” Russo said.  “They get looked after and get every chance to succeed.”

Malaguerra (4g Magnus – Tennessee Morn by Bletchingly) has returned more than $400,000 over his purchase price from 9 wins in 16 starts.  Trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman, he was a juvenile winner on debut at Cranbourne and paid his dues as a three year-old at Ballarat and Yarra Valley.

Fully-furnished this season, he has only been beaten once as a four year-old and heads to The Championships this Saturday after wins in the LR Bob Hoysted Stakes (1000m) at Flemington and G3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.

Before flying to Sydney, Russo was at Oaklands inspecting yearlings for this year’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale starting on Sunday.  The Bluegrass Bloodstock (FBAA) agent has been active at the 2016 majors starting with a Savabeel colt ($115k) and Nicconi colt ($66k) at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Federation Bloodstock Agents Australia members can be identified by the acronym FBAA appearing after their name on the purchasers list at public sales.  The public can also review the FBAA Code of Ethics and member profiles here.