Magny Cours launched a sustained drive with just over two furlongs left to go before overpowering rival Century Dream in the last 50 yards to claim the G3 Prix Perth by a half-length at Saint-Cloud on Saturday, 23 October.
The victory marked the first in Group/Graded company for the hard-knocking son of Medaglia d’Oro, who improved his record to 7-5-1 in 15 career starts.
Despite being forwardly-placed early, Magny Cours dropped towards the rear of the field nearing the halfway point of the race. The gelding was then put under a drive two furlongs from home, eventually overtaking Century Dream in the final strides to win by a half-length.
Bred in Kentucky by owner Godolphin, Magny Cours is out of the G1 winner Indy Five Hundred, who has also produced Listed winner Albert Park (by Street Sense) and G2-placed Ecliptic. Magny Cours’ half-sister, Magical Crown, is the dam of Listed winner Good Effort. Indy Five Hundred is also a half to multiple Graded winner Delta Princess, dam of G1 winners Royal Delta (twice Champion), Delta Prince and Crown Queen.
Runners by Medaglia d’Oro continue to find worldwide success. In addition to Magny Cours, Medaglia d’Oro’s other international Graded Stakes winners this year include Golden Sixty (multiple G1 winner and Horse of the Year in Hong Kong for the second consecutive year) and Australian Stakes winners Kallos (G2 Danehill Stakes) and Yonkers (G2 Shannon Stakes).