The quest to find the next winner often starts well before we see a horse at the races and today's impressive debut winner MAGNORUM fits firmly within that category. The 3yo son of local Victorian stallion MAGNUS was a $75,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, selected personally by David and Coral Feek from the Maluka Farm draft. Fast forward over 18 months later and Magnorum made his long awaited debut on his home track at Mornington after an encouraging few weeks on the track and at the trials.
The 3yo was ridden by local rider Jake Noonan and found the front early over the 1000m trip (Watch post race jockey interview below). After getting a breather down the side Jake gave Magnorum a little more rein from the 500m and he slipped away from his rivals as they turned for home. After kicking a couple of lengths clear at the top of the straight the big striding son of Magnus was in no danger and try as they might the challengers simply couldn't run him down and he went on to record a comfortable 1.25L debut win - beating the $2.8 favourite at the very juicy odds of 10-1 (Replay below).
'He has needed a bit of time to mature, more so in his head than physically, however we have always thought he could gallop' Said an elated David Feek after the win.
'We selected him at the Inglis Premier Sale in 2016 and loved him from the moment he was first paraded. He was a good walking colt, covered the ground well and had good size and strength. I think he'll come back in the autumn an even stronger type off the back of whatever he does this time in'.
Today's win provided the big group of owners with a handsome payday after Magnorum collected an additional $8,000 in Super Vobis Bonuses, taking his wining prize money to over $20,000! Team Feek will take the 3yo home for an easy few days to recover before assessing the plans going forward.
'I'll just give him an easy few days to come through the run. It's a big day for young horses to come to the races for the first time and even though we were on our home track the weather was quite warm'.
'I think he is going to furnish in to a nice horse once he mentally matures, so I don't want to rush him too much just yet. If he comes through the run well we'll keep our options open. There is good prize money at this time of year when the Spring horses are spelling and the Vobis bonus is simply brilliant so we will potentially chase more of that'.
Well done to everyone involved both on and off the track with Magnorum!