Egyptian Symbol Wears The Crown at Last

Mark Smith - Saturday January 12

Third in the Magic Millions Guineas at three, sixth in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares at four and third in the Magic Millions Sprint at five, the Bjorn Baker-trained Egyptian Symbol made her fourth trip to the Magic Millions race day count when powering home from the rear of the field to win Saturday's $1,00,000 Magic Millions Snippets Sprint (1200m).

With Jason Collett in the saddle, Egyptian Symbol's hopes looked forlorn turning into the straight but the race changed complexion in the space of 50 metres as the leaders weakened and the backmarkers came into play.

The 6yo daughter of Stratum defeated Fiery Heights (Hidden Dragon) by three-quarter of a length with Dothraki (Mossman) a nose back in third. (photo Steve Hart )


"She's been a great mare and has got a great pedigree. All credit to (owner/breeder) Bruce Neill, I bought a lovely filly off him at the sales that I need owners for, so that's why we are back every year," Baker said.

"I love coming here. It's a very special time of year for me at the Magic Millions.

"It's great to see this mare do it. She's always had the ability. We stay with Michael Costa every year and he's been great to us.

"What happens when you have them for a long time you live and learn, so as a trainer there are many ways to skin a cat and we have finally realised that first-up and fresh is the best way to go. It's not rocket science but we got it right today."

Bred by Bruce Neill's Cressfield Stud, Egyptian Symbol races in the colours of her breeder after failing to make her $100,000 reserve at the2014, Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

The daughter of the deceased Stratum advances her record to 8 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds from 29 starts with earnings of $1,494,355.

She is the best of five winners from Our Egyptian Raine, a Group I winner in New Zealand, who placed in nine Group I races in Australia.

Purchased at the 2006 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale for $900,000, Our Egyptian Raine has a 2yo filly foal by Smart Missile named Egyptian Missile who was purchased by Baker for $240,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

She has a yearling filly by Hinchinbrook and a colt foal by All Too Hard. She was covered by Headwater in November.

Advertisment
Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Sires With Winners - Tuesday October 27
Here is the full list of 23 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Emerging Talent Offered at Ready to Run Sale
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale at Karaka features an outstanding selection of up-and-coming sires with exciting racetrack potential.
300,000 Guinea Top Lot at Tattersalls Horses in Training Day 2
Trade continued in robust fashion on the second day of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale with seventeen lots topping six figures, led by the William Haggas trained PIRANESI at 300,000 guineas.
Winning Rupert 2YOs On Track for Ballarat MM Clockwise Classic
Two jump outs at Ballarat on Tuesday morning for juveniles preparing for the annual Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat in November were both won by youngsters sired by Newgate Farm’s young gun Winning Rupert.
World First Double Cross of Galileo
The Group II Futurity Stakes (7f) overnight at The Curragh was interesting for producing a promising winner in Mac Swiney, who is the first stakes-winner anywhere in the world to have a double cross of legendary sire Galileo.
Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale Day 1
The Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale got off to a solid start on the opening day with four lots topping the six figure mark and strong international demand throughout the session.  
Another Widden Bred and Sold Stakes-Winner
The Listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday was won in good style by promising Stratum filly Absolute Flirt, a $100,000 Magic Millions Book Two purchase from the Widden draft for O’Brien Thoroughbreds.
Aussie Winner South Africa
Casting off maiden status at Kenilworth in South Africa on Saturday was three year-old Stratum filly Freedom Seeker, an $80,000 Inglis Premier purchase for World Wide Bloodstock  from the draft off Grenville Stud.
First Foal for Prized Icon
Kooringal Stud have Tweeted the arrival of the first foal for their dual Group I winning More Than Ready (USA) stallion Prized Icon.
Coolmore Secures Record Breaking Galileo Fillies at Tattersalls Finale
A pair of GALILEO yearlings set the sale ring alight on the third day of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale as they became the two highest priced yearling fillies to be sold in the World in 2020, both bought by MV Magnier. A strong final session saw a further four lots sell for 1,000,000 guineas or more, taking the number of seven figure lots to nine for the sale.