Taylor Wary Of Major Rival In Northam Stakes.

2
May

Jim Taylor is confident he has Magnifisio primed for her first-up assault in the Listed Northam Stakes (1100m) on Sunday, but remains wary of one major rival.

“She has to give 3kg away to a good horse like Travinator who looks pretty well weighted and it won’t be an easy task,” said Taylor.

“He is a very good horse and I was worried about him two years ago when he was up against Barakey in the Winterbottom Stakes.

“If he gets near that type of form with a half off the minimum he is going to be hard to beat.”

Travinator, prepared by Dan Pearce at Lark Hill, made a triumphant return to racing with a brilliant win over 1000m at Ascot on April 19.

Overcoming a 16 month absence, two throat operations and top weight of 60kg, the Moysater gelding led throughout.

With a drop of 5.5kg and an unblemished second-up record, Travinator is well placed to land consecutive wins.

The five-year will jump from barrier six for jockey Peter Knuckey who will return from the Gold Coast after partnering Platinum Rocker on Saturday.

Travinator enjoys an impressive strike rate and has only missed the money once with eight wins and one second placing from 11 career outings.

Magnifisio is resuming from a breakout summer campaign where she produced a hat trick of wins including two major sprint features.

The Magnus mare easily accounted for rivals the Crawford Stakes (1000m) and backed up successfully in the Summer Scorcher (1000m).

Magnifisio, who has one win and two seconds from four first up attempts, warmed up for her return with a 1000m Belmont trial win.

She has drawn perfectly in barrier two and will carry 57.5kg for Jason Brown.

“She is nearly 100 per cent for this run and is very well within herself,” said Taylor.

The Taylor and Brown combination are seeking their third Northam Stakes success after wins to Barakey (2011) and Vain Raider (2008).

Pat Carbery, who won the Northam Stakes aboard Money Exchange in 2007, reunites with winter sprinting star Settle Strada.

The pair combined to win the Beaufine Stakes (1000m), Bolton Sprint (1200m), Belmont Newmarket (1200m) and Goodwood Sprint (1300m).

The Strada gelding, who holds a top fresh record, ran 57.53sec. when defeating stable mate McScar over 950m at Lark Hill on Monday.

Settle Strada carries the top weight of 59kg and in a field of nine will exit from gate five.