Pretty to see judgement spot on

Pretty To Sea (Leith Innes) turning her luck around with a strong win in the heavy ground today.

The torrential rain which turned the Ellerslie track to heavy today wasn’t enough to upset Stephen Marsh’s prediction with Pretty To Sea.

While most trainers’ confidence was shattered or dented severely with the downpours, Marsh stuck to his guns and rated Pretty To Sea at the top of his list of runners.

“Out of my three runners the one who should have the least issue with the track is her,’’ the Cambridge trainer said. ‘’She has galloped in the wet at home and liked it.’’

In fact Pretty To Sea’s first start for Marsh since coming from Australia was on a heavy10 track at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and the result was a decisive win over 1200m, the same distance she faced today.

Leith Innes was aboard in that first-up win and was reunited with Pretty To Sea in today’s Laser Te Puke 1200 after being sidelined through suspension when she had two starts between times.

Pretty To Sea, ridden by Shaun McKay, had no luck second-up when eighth after being held up in the Gr.3 Preferment @ Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m) at Ellerslie then again had trouble finding a clear passage in the home straight when third at Tauranga in the hands of Jason Waddell.

Yet again she got held up today after being midfield, but it was only a shade and 300 metres from the finish. Innes soon pushed her into the clear and had her up to challenge wide out in plenty of time.

Pretty To Sea kicked on strongly to win by three-quarters of a length from Rikki Tikki Tavi to take her record to three wins and five placings from 13 starts.

Raced by Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Pretty To Sea should have no trouble adding to her record in the next few months.