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Four-year-old Magnifisio gave notice of more Perth summer carnival wins when she bolted away to a three-length victory in today's Dale Alcock Difference Handicap (1200m) at Ascot.

Apprentice Chris Parnham settled the Jim Taylor-trained Magnifisio, who started $3, close behind leaders and she dashed around to hit the front soon after turning for home.

The mare, closely related to Taylor's star sprinter Barakey, was eased by Parnham in final stages.

Connections will aim at tackling stronger company with Magnifisio, who won five races in her first 10 starts.

"She ran only two seconds and a third in three starts last month," Taylor said. "I've stepped up the mare's training and her fitness has improved in the past two weeks.

"As well, Chris Parnham gained a perfect trail with her today."

Barakey, who won his first 11 races, was found to have a virus infection after running unplaced to Buffering in last month's Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

"He's now well again and will resume training on Monday," Taylor said.

Barakey is booked to leave Taylor's team in February. He will be prepared for Sydney's autumn carnival by premier NSW trainer Chris Waller.

Playhouse Theatre, who won today's E D Norton Memorial (1200m), has made a miraculous recovery from career-threatening injuries.

"She will now go on winning," trainer Bob McPherson said. "But last season I thought she had no chance of racing again.

"Playhouse Theatre suffered a severe leg injury in the hock area 12 months ago.


"Her racing career looked over, but the staff at Lark Hill Veterinary Clinic treated her skilfuilly.

"Then she went to a Capel agistment farm and received devoted care."

McPherson is confident four-year-old Playhouse Theatre can advance to be a feature event prospect.

Two Tone Blonde scored her second Ascot win in three starts when running on to overpower rivals in the The ABN'Zing Race Handicap (1400m). She came from about sixth position near the home turn.

"The mare is tough and determined," trainer Vaughn Sigley said. "Two Tone Blonde will keep improving with more maturity and she'll be set for the major fillies and mares' races."