Magna Rossa makes it two in a row at Flemington

Jan 01, 2016

Magna Rossa showed her quality with her first-up victory at Sale before building on that effort with a strong second-up success down the Flemington straight course.

Magna Rossa formed part of a wonderful day for trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra when she took out the Nouvelle Star Handicap (1200m) to give the team its second of four wins on the New Year’s Day program.

The daughter of Magnus showed plenty of talent when second at both runs as a two-year-old before breaking her maiden at Sale on December 11.

Ellerton and Zahra had no qualms about stepping her up to Benchmark 70 company for her next assignment while the Flemington-based duo was confident the extra 200m would suit Magna Rossa.

Apprentice Katelyn Mallyon was able to claim 1.5kg on Magna Rossa because the acceptances for the $80,000 race were taken before she outrode her claim two days earlier.

Mallyon sent Magna Rossa forward to race handy to the speed before the filly dashed away from her rivals in the last 200m to score by a length.

“She won her maiden and now she’s done a really good job here so she’s a progressive filly,” Ellerton said.

“The track was racing in favour of the on-pacers so she had to go forward but she faced the breeze and was good enough to finish it off strongly.”

The win on Magna Rossa completed a Flemington double for Mallyon, who was unable to use her claim when she got Want To Rock home in a close finish in the New Year Plate (1000m).

“It’s good to get a couple of bonus winners under the claim so it’s a great way to start the New Year,” Mallyon said.

Magna Rossa’s second win from four starts earned connections a $48,000 winner’s cheque and another $17,000 in Super VOBIS bonuses, which took her earnings through the $100,000 barrier.

Congratulations to Magna Rossa’s owners and all involved with her exciting win.