Magnum is moving to New Zealand
Trainer James Peters has revealed that former boom three-year-old Magnum will soon return to New Zealand in a bid to resurrect his racing career.
Now a five-year-old, the New Zealand-bred gelding is heading to the place where his sire Per Incanto stands, the Little Avondale stud in Wellington.
Peters said the decision was spurred by the recent fetlock issues that had beset Magnum at his last couple of runs. After a chat with the owners, the Waterford No 2 Stable, it was decided the lush fields and cooler climate of his place of birth might give the four-time Kranji winner a second lease of life.
A new New Zealand racing career may be awaiting Magnum, picture Singapore Turf Club
“Magnum is a very good horse, but he’s unfortunately had some fetlock issues. The owners decided they would send him back to New Zealand,” said the Englishman.
“He will have a good break at Little Avondale where his sire Per Incanto is. If things work out, they would like to see him race in New Zealand.”
Peters said Magnum, who gained himself many fans with his gutsy placed runs in all three Legs of the 2016 Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge, not to mention his colourfully Hawaiian shirt-decked owners every time he runs, is in quarantine and will leave Singapore on August 8.
“It’s sad to see him go as he was one of my best horses early in my career, but it’s in his best interests,” said Peters who saddled Magnum to the last of his four wins as the first three came when he was still prepared by his former boss Michael Freedman.
It is well-documented Peters has spent more time at the vet hospital with his horses than he would have liked this term, but he remained upbeat about the future, especially with new young horses coming through, while old stalwarts like Wimbledon are still trying to fly the Peters banner high – as soon as this Sunday.
The Snitzel six-year-old is returning from his unplaced run in the Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m) in April and faces the starter in the $200,000 Group 3 Garden City Trophy (1200m) on Sunday.
“He had a good freshen-up after the Lion City Cup. Things didn’t go right for him in that race – he was taken on by Emperor Max for most of the race,” said Peters.
“He’s been working well and I was happy with his barrier trial last week (July 27 when fourth to Aramco).
“He’s got a good draw (two) and he has a nice weight (52.5kgs). I hope he goes well for us.”
Wimbledon will be reunited with Singapore champion jockey Manoel Nunes, his winning partner at his Singapore maiden win in July 2014.