2015 Robert Sangster Aim for Magnifisio

Bullsbrook trainer Jim Taylor has confirmed plans to target Adelaide’s Robert Sangster Stakes 2015 next autumn with his Winterbottom Stakes winning sprint star Magnifisio.

The five-year-old Magnus mare celebrated her first Group 1 win two back on November 22 when backing up from a Group 2 Lee Steer Stakes (1400m) win a fortnight earlier to win the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot Racecourse.

She backed up on December 6 and ran a good second to Watermans Bay, whose protest in the Winterbottom was dismissed, in the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) when stepped back up in distance, Taylor thrilled with the mare’s efforts this Perth Festival of Racing.

Winner also of the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park during the winter, the ultra-consistent galloper is now spelling ahead of an autumn return where Taylor will give her the chance to add more Group 1 glory to her record.

He has named the fillies and mares’ $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m), also registered as the Sportingbet Classic, as a likely target at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday April 25, 2015.

She will likely resume in Adelaide too with no suitable Perth races for her to kick-off in, the $115,000 Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) at fortnight before the Robert Sangster looming as a nice option.

“We’re looking at the Sangster for her,” Taylor confirmed to The West Australian last week.

“It’s a weight-for-age fillies and mares’ race worth $400,000 and it looks a nice option.

“I don’t think there are any lead-up races here so she’ll probably go over for the two races.”

The last WA-trained mare to race competitively in the Robert Sangster Stakes was Irwin Stakes fifth placed Power Princess who finished third behind the world’s best racehorse Black Caviar in 2012.

Taylor also said a possible trip to Melbourne next autumn could be on the cards next year.

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