Magnificent Carat was a very impressive winner of a Northam maiden last Thursday and Divitini Racing will hope it augurs well for her older half-brother Nerodio who is aiming for a hat-trick of LR Beaufine Stakes (1000m) victories at Belmont next Saturday.

Livio and Renato Divitini bred Magnificent Carat and kept a share after selling her through Bellbridge Park at the Magic Millions.  She was placed on debut behind Berbere (Gingerbread Man) during a short summer prep and resumed with a win against short odds ($2.60) in the Lady Wild Maiden (1100m).

“Nothing short of a magnificent return to racing by our Magnus filly,” trainer Adam Durrant said.  “She responded to Willie Pike late for an eventual soft win.”

The operative word being ‘late’ because Magnificent Carat was making hard work of running down the leaders Invincible Strike (I Am Invincible) and De La Beaute (Patronize) passing the furlong.  She finally let down like a filly with potential when angled into the clear to score with ears pricked.

Her dam Black Carat (Lonhro) is a winning half-sister to Doyoudare (LR WA Tatt’s Cup) and she’s now three-for-three at stud for Divitini Racing – Nerodio (Playing God) was the first and he was followed by multiple Ascot-winning mare Ghobella (Blackfriars).  She descends from 1986 G3 Black Opal Stakes winner Just Blooming (Yeats) who was also runner-up to Bounding Away in that year’s G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.

Black Carat has an unraced 2yo colt by Maschino, a filly foal by Playing God and she bred back to Manhattan Rain last October.