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Jim Taylor’s Bullsbrook-based Perth raider Magnifisio is out to atone for a failed Morphettville debut last time out with a better run on firmer ground in Adelaide’s Robert Sangster Stakes 2015 this weekend.
The five-year-old daughter of Magnus resumed racing and had her maiden South Australian run on April 18, the WA mare coming across for the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m).
Winner of the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) back home at Ascot last November, the always-honest Magnifisio could only manage to run fourth in her resuming run.
Jason Brown had the ride in the RN Irwin Stakes, a race that has produced the past two Robert Sangster Stakes winners, where his mount crossed three and a quarter lengths fourth behind the winner Daytona Grey.
She didn’t appreciate the Soft (6) track, and it was her first assignment on a track rated worse than Good.
Eleven of her 12 career wins have been on Good tracks, the other on a Firm course, and Taylor is hoping for better conditions in South Australia this weekend when he steps her back up in grade for the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).
A winner of seven of her previous 13 starts over the distance, Magnifisio has been working well since the RN Irwin stakes according to her trainer.
“She’s since done everything right,” Taylor told The West Australian.
In the pre-field Robert Sangster Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, John Sadler’s William Reid Stakes runner-up Vain Queen is the $4.60 favourite.
Magnifisio meanwhile can be found further down the futures markets at a current quote of $13, the favourite having won the Robert Sangster Stakes just once in the past seven years when Black Caviar won at $1.20 back in 2012.
Plenty of Perth visitors will be on show across the card on Robert Sangster Stakes Day this year, including Delicacy in the day’s other feature – the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m).
Prepared by Grant Williams at Karnup, the Al Maher filly pays $11 to upset the favourite Fontein Ruby in the three-year-old fillies’ showdown on the back of four straight wins back home.
She recently completed the WA Oaks – WATC Derby double over the 2400m at Ascot, and while she drops in distance she’ll need to be at her best to match the eastern state contenders.
That’s something owner Bob Peters is confident she’ll do with Perth’s William Pike travelling over for the ride.
“Delicacy is well after a two-day trip,” Peters said.
“She rested in Melbourne following a flight from Perth and then travelled by road to Adelaide.
“She’s been exercised only lightly since arriving there.
“This will be a big test in view of her lengthy Perth campaign.”
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