Classy five-year-old Magnifisio has broken through for without doubt her biggest career victory at Ascot this weekend, summoning an impressive final straight sprint to take out the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Jason Brown settled Magnifisio within the field of 12; allowing early leaders Angelic Light and Moment Of Change to set a noticeably quick tempo at the fore of the pack.
Receiving an ideal run in transit, Brown steadily pressed the Magnus mare forward upon finding the final straight; exploding from the pack with 300m to run to find the line half a length ahead of Watermans Bay; Shining Knight completing a West Australian trifecta when crossing the line in third.
Brown delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Magnifisio for victory in the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes and was quick to lay the praise on his talented partner who secured a maiden win at the highest level of Australian racing in taking out the Perth sprint feature.
“She is a horse that has gone well when she has drawn gates, but we got a bit of luck early and she hit the line nice,” Brown said.
“I was able to slide out three deep and eventually roll in one off the fence and get a nice cart up behind the South Australian horse and then we peeled to the outside and she was real tough in the straight.
“She really pinged for me, there is not much of her, but she just finds the line.”
Trainer Jim Taylor was understandably thrilled with Magnifisio’s performance in the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes, and revealed he has not been confident of a successful tilt after being allocated the wide and awkward barrier 10 earlier in the week.
“When we drew that barrier I thought we knocked out all chance with the good horses like Angelic Light and Moment Of Change drawing well and us drawing out there,” Taylor said.
“It just a great ride from Jason, he is as good as anyone here and the position that he got her in was perfect.
“I was really happy to get one off the fence and we had to go a little bit further back than normal, but it was just a great effort and she is just a great mare.”
Jockey Steven Arnold lodged a protest following the completion of the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes, believing his mount, the second-placed Watermans Bay had been disadvantaged a length by Magnifisio early in running, however Perth stewards ruled in favour of Taylor’s classy mare and confirmed her as the official winner 20 minutes after the race.
2014 Winterbottom Stakes Results
|1||12||MAGNIFISIO||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||–||10||56.5kg||$7.50|
|2||4||WATERMANS BAY||Mark Kavanagh||Steven Arnold||0.25L||6||58.5kg||$41|
|3||6||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||William Pike||0.75L||11||58.5kg||$14|
|4||5||TESTAMEZZO||Daniel Pearce||Peter Knuckey||2.5L||9||58.5kg||$21|
|5||13||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||Damien Oliver||2.75L||4||56.5kg||$2.80F|
|6||1||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3.25L||3||58.5kg||$4.60|
|7||3||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||3.5L||7||58.5kg||$12|
|8||9||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||5.25L||12||58.5kg||$71|
|9||2||SIDESTEP||John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller||5.25L||2||58.5kg||$5|
|10||8||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||5.75L||8||58.5kg||$15|
|11||10||WINDSWEPT||Chris Gangemi||Brad Parnham||8.5L||5||58.5kg||$91|
|12||7||TIGER PETE||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||10.5L||1||58.5kg||$101|