2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia retires to Coolmore
Magna Grecia, the only colt by sire of sires Invincible Spirit to win Group 1 races at both 2 and 3 years, has been retired to Coolmore Stud for 2020.
In the 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1 at Newmarket he won very impressively by 2½ lengths from Gr.1 winners King of Change, Ten Sovereigns, Advertise and Royal Marine, as well as Epsom Derby runner-up Madhmoon.
Magna Grecia was also a top-class 2YO, winning on debut over 7 furlongs at Naas by 3½ lengths and landing the Vertem Futurity Trophy-Gr.1 at Doncaster from the subsequent Gr.1-winning milers Phoenix of Spain and Circus Maximus. In between those two wins he was a neck second to subsequent French 2,000 Guineas winner Persian King in Newmarket’s Autumn Stakes-Gr.3.
At 340,000gns Magna Grecia is Invincible Spirit’s highest-priced colt foal while Timeform described him as “medium-sized, a taking sort physically, robust and well made, a bruiser of a colt”.
Invincible Spirit’s influence as a sire of sires continues to grow with Kingman and Cable Bay being very exciting second and first crop sires in Europe respectively while I Am Invincible sired a record 28 Stakes winners in Australia last season. Magna Grecia’s dam Cabaret is a 2YO Group winner, taking the Silver Flash Stakes-Gr.3 over 7 furlongs, and a half-sister to a Group-winning 2YO.
Coolmore’s Director of Sales David O’Loughlin commented “Magna Grecia is a top-class prospect by the sire of Kingman. He’s got the pedigree and the good looks and he beat so many good horses in both the Vertem Futurity and the 2,000 Guineas.”
A fee will be announced at a later date.