First Stakes-Winner for Magna Grecia
With his first Australian bred progeny to race here next season, Invincible Spirit’s dual Group I winning son Magna Grecia has his first stakes-winner on the board with the Listed Prix Yacowlef (1000m) won by speedy colt Myconian (2c Magna Grecia x Sireci, by Choisir).
Myconian was the first winner for Magna Grecia when he scored at Saint Cloud in April on debut and has since been campaigning in the UK where he finished most recently sixth at Royal Ascot in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
The Amy Murphy trained colt was well seasoned for this assignment and held off a strong challenge from Wootton Bassett filly Salva Mea to win by a head.
Myconian was bought for €27,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale and is the first winner for slick juvenile stakes-winner Sirici, a daughter of Choisir.
He becomes the first stakes-winner for Magna Grecia, a Group I winner at two and three, whose half-brother is 2021 European Horse of the Year St Mark’s Basilica.
Magna Grecia has had yearlings sell for up to $375,000 in Australia this year and was at Coolmore Australia last spring as was his half-brother St Mark’s Basilica, who was well received in his first season covering 159 mares.
St Mark’s Basilica is due back in Australia again this year at a fee of $44,000.