Magnus Gelding Back On Top in Moonga Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday October 19

After disappointing when unplaced in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield at his most recent start, the 5yo Magnus gelding Streets Of Avalon dropped back in class and distance for Saturday’s Group III Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and it proved the winning formula.

Ridden by Ben Melham for Mornington trainer Shane Nichols, Streets Of Avalon was caught wide for the majority of the trip but proved a length too good for Variation (War Chant) with the import Royal Meeting (IRE) (Invincible Spirit)  making an auspicious Australian debut a long-head back in third.Streets Of Avalon takes his earnings to over quarter of a million dollars image Grant Courtney

“He tries his bloody guts out, he could have given up, but he didn’t, he went again so it’s a good asset,” Melham said.

With his third stakes win Streets Of Avalon advances his record to 7 wins, 7 seconds and 8 thirds from 38 starts with earnings of $782,110.

Nichols said he will rule out the Group 1 $2 million Kennedy Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day with his next start likely to be the Group III $200,000 Chatham Stakes (1400m) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“He gets up on the speed and finds the line, he’s very tough,” Nichols said.

“He was exposed early, but he hit the line like a demon.”

A homebred for Warren Racing, Streets Of Avalon is the best of two winners out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Kamuniak who was a $75,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.

Kamuniak is a sister to the Champion 2YO in NZ in 2005-06, Joker Wild who numbered the Group 1 ARC Diamond Stakes and Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes among his seven wins.

Kamuniak has a yearling filly Magnus and a filly foal Starspangledbanner.

She was bred back to Sun Stud’s Flying Spur stallion Magnus last year but missed.

Standing at Sun Stud at a fee of $16,500 Magnus was also represented by the Group II Caulfield Sprint third Malibu Style


Race Result - Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes Gr3 1400m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:23.94
Streets Of Avalon
T: S P Nichols J: B Melham 58.5
5g Magnus (AUS) x Kamuniak (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
T: S J Miller J: D Oliver 57
6g War Chant (USA) x Fleeting Angel (AUS) (Don't Say Halo (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $32,000
V:Mungrup Stud, Narrikup, WA
B: Millfields Park
Royal Meeting
T: Saeed Bin Suroor J: Pat Cosgrave 60
4h Invincible Spirit (IRE) x Rock Opera (SAF) (Lecture (USA))
Manolo Blahniq
T: A W Noonan J: J Noonan 58
6g Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Floramour (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Curraghmore Stud
B: Mr AW Noonan
Land Of Plenty
T: P & P Snowden J: Damian Lane 60
6h Stratum (AUS) x Dancing (GB) (Spectrum (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $80,000
V:Twin Palms Stud, Kulnura
B: Shane Nichols Racing / Northern Lodge Thoroughbreds
Moss 'n' Dale
T: Peter Gelagotis J: Jack Martin 58.5
7g Castledale (IRE) x Hot 'n' Moss (NZ) (Strategic Image (AUS))
Tom Melbourne
T: C J Waller J: M J Walker 58
9g Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Roshanak (IRE) (Spinning World (USA))
T: P Stokes J: L Nolen 58.5
4g Terango (AUS) x Serene Lass (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Desert Lord
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: D Dunn 57
5g High Chaparral (IRE) x Nova Star (AUS) (Iglesia (AUS))
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