The MacAlister family were walking on air following a stakes double by Magnifisio (Sheila Gwynne Classic) and Champion Perth juvenile Whispering Brook (WA Sires’ Produce) at Ascot on Saturday.
Alan MacAlister, his wife Birgitt, son Cameron and daughter Kirsty were understandably pleased to watch their Group 1 winning Magnus mare Magnifisio return to form but there were some nerves by the time Whispering Brook’s race came around.
After all, the Hinchinbrook filly was unbeaten from four starts – including the G2 Karrakatta Plate at her most recent outing – and was seeking to emulate Perth legends Burgess Queen and Bomber Bill by remaining unbeaten at two.
“I knew they would take her on,” Alan told Aushorse. “She usually races on the pace but this time she sat back and copped some stick. Still, she was too good for them in the end and we all breathed a sigh of relief when it was over.
“Whispering Brook will now head out for a spell and we’re weighing up our options. As she is trained by Simon Miller, who is part of Aquanita Racing, she might race in the eastern states but ultimately I would like to target a race like the Railway Stakes.
“As for Magnifisio, there are some good races coming up and, based on Saturday’s win, she’s far from a spent force.”
MacAlister and his wife have owned horses for over 30 years and had a small breeding operation in Ireland before taking the plunge and moving to WA 12 years ago buying Redwood Park in Serpentine.
With some 20 in work, MacAlister has also enjoyed success with recent G2 Blamey Stakes winner He Or She (Kendel Star) and stakes winning sprinter Dawn Approach (Statue Of Liberty).
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