Magnificent Magnifisio wins Winterbottom

Newly relocated nursery Rangeview Stud has capped off its most successful year in its 45 year history with the outstanding victory of homebred star Magnifisio in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.

Brilliantly positioned by jockey Jason Brown, Magnifisio finished the race with a brilliant burst of speed, and in the process overtaking high profile Eastern State sprinters Angelic Light and Moment Of
Change to record a career defining win.  It is the second Group 1 win for trainer Jim Taylor and co-incidently his second Winterbottom win.

Magnifisio is a descendant of one of West Australia’s most dominant matriarchs in former Champion
Fillies winner Dance Hi.

Her dam Ifestio, herself a Belmont Oaks winner is a sister to previous Winterbottom winner Barakey, a half sister to Champion Fillies winner Hi On Love, and Time Is Money who is the dam of Bunbury Stakes winner Keytomoney, and Saturdays Carbine Club placegetter New Time.

The constant presence of Rangeview Stud stalwart Key Business cannot be overlooked.

The Sire of family Stakeswinners Barakey, Ifestio, Keytomoney has also crossed to produce multiple city winners in Keys Ace and New Time from what must be considered West Australia’s most successful current pedigree.

Key Business is now established in second place behind Marooned as WA’s leading broodmare Sire having also being the Damsire of Shining Knight, winner of this years Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes.

The breeders of Magnifisio, Rob and Jody Gray of Rangeview Stud have had a year to remember.

Fresh off the sale of International successful Stallion Henny Hughes, Rangeview has relocated to a beautifully pastured 170 acre property in the states South West in Burekup near Bunbury.

Culminating into the Group 1 victory, Magnifisio has also won the WFA Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes, Group 3 Roma Cup as well as Listed races the Northam Sprint and Summer Scorcher in 2014.

Rangeview bred Hobart Jones was acknowledged as WA’s Champion 2 year old after success in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate earlier this year and added to this Key Business’s torchbearer in Barakey won the Listed Goodwood Sprint taking the tally to 7 Black Type wins for the year for one of WA’s longest surviving studs.

The immediate future for the Grays has been entrusted to new Stallion prospect Galah.  The well performed son of Redoutes Choice has served 75 mares at an outstanding strike rate of 90% fertility in his first season at stud.

He has served Dance Hi’s daughter Real Hi as well as impregnating Group 1 winner La Volta, Group 1 producer Hadani, stakes winning mares Mekong Miss, Beautiful Bon Bon, Terevega, a contingent of new well bred young Rangeview owned mares, and has been strongly supported by many of WA’s leading breeders.

2014 will be remembered as landmark year for Rangeview with setting up a new home, initiating a new Stallion career, and achieving their first Group 1 winner.

Magnifisio is linebred 5m x 5m to Northern Dancer (Nearctic) and has two more infusions of Northern Dancer further back in her pedigree. Among other stallions more distantly duplicated is Nasrullah’s (Nearco) son Orgoglio.

Of academic interest concerning Magnifisio is that she traces in tail female to British foundation mare Popingaol (Dark Ronald – Popinjay) whose brother Magpie became champion sire in Australia in 1928 before becoming legendary as a broodmare sire.

Popinjay, the dam of Popingaol and Magpie, was a half-sister to Chersonese, famous here as dam of outstanding racehorse Heroic (Valais), champion Australian sire for seven successive seasons in the 1930s so Magnifisio’s family has made an indelible mark on breeding in Australia over a long period.