Promising 4 year old Magstock franked some excellent form to win with a last to first burst in the Kranji Stakes C over 1600m on Sunday. Magstock has always been held high regard by he stable, and his owners have been very patient allowing Cliff to take his time and not over tax him early on in his career. Whist contesting the three year old series and running well, it was clear that there still was a lot of physical development to come. With that in mind he has been sparingly raced with a view to tackling loftier goals as a four year old.
With an excellent and unlucky first up third to stablemate Gilt Complex on February 12th over 1400m, the step up to 1600m looked ideal and punters certainly saw it that way sending him out as favorite. From his wide gate, jockey Michael Rodd allowed Magstock to settle last in the field, and things were looking good as a fast pace ensued from barrier rise. From the 600m, Rodd started to make his move circling the field and the big bay began to go through his gears and hit full throttle at the 250m. It what turned out to be a pretty soft win, Magstock surged to victory by 1/2 length.
Magstock was purchased at the New Zealand Ready at Race Sales for $50,000 and was by a relatively new sire at the time, Tavistock. Tavistock had an astonishing 6 months post this purchase, and it was clear that Magstock would be exceptional value for money.
Purchased for a group working for Tullow Oil in Singapore, who now are scattered around the globe, with his 4th win from 15 starts, Magstock has now won a tick under $200,000 for the group. He looks certain to add to that tally now’s he’s a bigger and stronger article and still on the improve. The Singapore Derby will be his major mission later on in July.
Earlier in race 1 it was great to see the oldest horse in the stable, Hot Gold return to the winners stall. A stable favorite, it had been some time since his last victory, but the strength of win in the class 5 over 1200m suggests the old boy may have a few more victories left in him.