Steph takes over on unbeaten Filly

Jan 05, 2018

Steph Thornton is excited about the opportunity to ride unbeaten filly Lady Magnus in her city debut at Caulfield this Sunday, but not all members of her family are as thrilled.

Victoria’s most in-demand 3kg-claiming apprentice replaces her brother Damien, who has ridden Lady Magnus to her two wins, at Terang and Werribee.

Those wins came under 55kg and 56kg respectively, but she was hit with 60kg in the $120,000 Sam Segman BM70 3YO Fillies Handicap (1100m), which is what prompted Calthorpe to switch Thorntons.

“I don’t think he was too happy with me,” Stephanie said when asked Damien’s thoughts on her gaining the ride.

“I said it was a little bit of friendly competition, but I don’t think he saw it that way.

“But I guess that’s the advantage of having a 3kg claim, he understands that and I think a lot of jockeys do in this sort of situation. Fingers crossed we can get the job done.”

After winning over 1000m at Terang, when a $21 chance, Lady Magnus scored as a well-supported $4.80 chance in an 1100m BM64 at Werribee on Christmas Eve.

Thornton is the only rider claiming in Sunday’s race, meaning Lady Magus is now the equal lightest-weighted horse in the race, something Thornton considers important after drawing the second-widest alley in the field of 10.

“She gets in now with 57, down to the minimum, and it’ll hopefully offset a sticky gate that we’ve drawn.”

Lady Magnus is one of five rides at Caulfield for Thornton, who has ridden eight city winners since the start of December, with Hot Ruby (Race 1), O’lonera (Race 2), Wilde Gem (Race 7) and Nasdex (Race 9) her other mounts.

WATCH: Lady Magnus make it two from two at Werribee last start