Magnificient Style

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Magnificient Style
Sire Silver Hawk
Grandsire Roberto
Dam Mia Karina
Damsire Icecapade
Sex Mare
Foaled March 1993
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Buckram Oak Farm
Owner Buckram Oak Holdings
Trainer Henry Cecil
Jockey Willie Ryan
Pat Eddery
Mick Kinane
Record 4: 2–0–1
Earnings £30,744
Major wins
Musidora Stakes (1996)

Magnificient Style (foaled March 1993) is an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. She only raced as a three-year-old, winning two of her four races, including the Musidora Stakes. Since retiring from racing she has become a successful broodmare, with her progeny including Playful Act, Nathaniel and Great Heavens. She was trained by Henry Cecil and owned by Buckram Oak Holdings.


Magnificient Style is a bay mare bred by Buckram Oak Farm and foaled in March 1993.[1][2] She was sired by Silver Hawk, who won the Craven Stakes and finished third in the Epsom Derby.[3] Silver Hawk also sired Epsom Derby winner Benny the Dip[4] and St. Leger Stakes winner Mutafaweq,[5] as well as Grass Wonder, Magnificent Star, Memories of Silver, Nashoba's Key and Wonder Again.[6] Magnificient Style's dam was Mia Karina, a daughter of Icecapade.[2] Mia Karina also foaled Siberian Summer, who won the Grade 1 Strub Stakes in 1993.[7] Magnificient Style was trained by Henry Cecil.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Magnificient Style made her racecourse debut on 8 April 1996 in a ten-furlong maiden at Kempton Park. Jockey Willie Ryan held her up near the rear of the field and took the lead with two furlongs left to run. In the closing stages she pulled clear and won by six lengths from Migwar.[8] Magnificient Style's next start came in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket. She started as the favourite, but Pat Eddery could not get her to settle in the race and she finished third, five and a half lengths behind winner Pricket.[9] Pricket then went on to finish second in the Oaks on her next start.[10]

On 14 May 1996, Magnificient Style started at the price of 5/2 for the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York and faced four rivals. Ridden by Mick Kinane, she took the lead from the start. She was never caught and won the race by one and three quarter lengths from Sil Sila, with Obsessive a further length behind in third place.[11] Sil Sila won the Prix de Diane in her following race.[12] Magnificient Style's fourth and final race was the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot, where she was ridden by Pat Eddery and started as the 13/8 favourite. As in her previous race, she led from the start, however she could not stay in front and faded to finish sixth, over ten lengths behind winner Tulipa.[13] During her racing career, Magnificient Style won £30,744 in prize money.[1]

Stud career[edit]

Magnificient Style's son Nathaniel
Magnificient Style's daughter Great Heavens

Magnificient Style was retired to Swettenham Stud, where she established herself as a top broodmare. She was purchased privately by Kincorth Investments in 2007,[14] and her foals so far are:


Pedigree of Magnificient Style, bay mare 1993[2]
Silver Hawk (USA)
b. 1979
Roberto (USA)
b. 1969
Hail To Reason
br. 1958
b. 1959
Gris Vitesse (GB)
gr. 1966
ch. 1955
Matchiche II
gr. 1956
Mat de Cocagne
Chimere Fabuleuse
Mia Karina (USA)
b. 1983
Icecapade (USA)
gr. 1969
br. 1954
Lady Angela
gr. 1963
Native Dancer
Bold Irish
Basin (USA)
b. 1972
Tom Rolfe
b. 1962
b. 1952

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown, ch. = Chestnut, gr. = Grey

* Magnificient Style is inbred 4x4 to Nearco. This means that the stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of her pedigree.


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