Maglissa fires in front of large band on hand at Caulfield

Dec 12, 2012

Developing filly Maglissa provided a huge thrill to her jubilant band of owners on track when she powered home late to claim the Melbourne Legacy Xmas Handicap (1440m) at Caulfield.

The Hancox Bloodstock-syndicated three-year-old broke her maiden in tough fashion at Sale on November 22 but displayed her abundant ability with her display at her return to city racing.

Maglissa gave cause for concern with her ordinary getaway, which left jockey Vlad Duric with the sole option of riding the Robbie Griffiths-trained filly from back in the field in the early and middle stages.

“I have to say I was a bit worried when she was a bit slow to begin,” Griffiths’s representative Don Healy said.

“Vlad went back and went to ‘Plan B’, which was just to let her relax and then come down what we thought was the better part of the track, down the outside.”

Duric carried out the pre-race plan perfectly, switching Maglissa to make ground in the superior outside going from the 400 metres. The daughter of Magnus lifted late to beat the Mike Moroney-trained Mrs Hadlee by a short head to the cheers of the throng of owners on hand to celebrate.

“I counted about 55 (owners at the track), that’s about half of the crowd,” Healy said.

“You have got to hand it to Shelley (Hancox) and to Rod (Peacock) because they do a tremendous job for the racing industry. Shelley puts her money up and she is then able to syndicate all these horses.

“It brings so many people to racecourses and it brings so many people a lot of pleasure and I think it’s just fabulous. It’s a great way for people to enjoy racing.”

“She’s a nice filly but she’s probably six months off it. Having said that, I think she’s going to mature in a really nice horse.”

The daughter of Group 1 winner Danglissa earned a $21,000 winner’s cheque to take her earnings past the $40,000 Hancox paid for her at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Congratulations to Maglissa’s owners – the Hancox Racing No 5 Ltd (Mgr: R J Peacock).

Click here for a replay of Maglissa’s thrilling victory at Caulfield.

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