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Singapore International Races: Magnus
Australian trainer Peter Moody told Melbourne radio station Sport 927 that his Gr1-winning fellow Australian sprinter & 5YO entire Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) has been in excellent health during his confinement in quarantine at Sandown in Melbourne, prior to his departure this morning for his appearance in Sunday's KrisFlyer. Magnus will travel with Australia's multiple Gr1-winning sprinter Takeover Target; they are due to arrive in Singapore at 4pm this afternoon. Moody enthused Magnus is "feeling too well: he had a buck & a play & frolicked around on his own for a few minutes this morning (Tuesday). It's a good sign that he's feeling well in himself, but it was a bit of heart-in-the-mouth sort of stuff before we could catch him & then go out & do our work." Moody added that, provided Magnus travels well, he expects a bold showing but noted: "They are never easy races to win. The locals are always hard to beat on their own turf & then there is Takeover Target and Joe (Janiak his trainer). They are hard to beat wherever they go. But I don't think the horse has been in any better condition throughout his career. I think he's just kept on maturing." Moody also confirmed that, if Magnus runs well on Sunday, he remains keen to continue on to England for another crack at the Royal Ascot's King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) in which Magnus finished 3rd last year (behind fellow Australian raider Miss Andretti). Moody explained: "I think it could be in the horse's best interests to again go to England before he is retired to stand at stud at Eliza Park & hopefully a successful stud career. I think we will do things a bit differently this year. He will go over a fitter, more forward horse & we'll be targeting just the 1 race." Magnus (who will be ridden in Singapore by visiting Australian jockey Damien Oliver) has recorded 4 wins & 10 placings from 22 starts for $1,143,682 earnings.