Maraini in fine fettle for Stakes

Wellington Stakes candidate Maraini scoring on debut at Matamata.

Wellington Stakes candidate Maraini scoring on debut at Matamata.

Maraini is in top order for the first black-type challenge of his fledgling career in tomorrow’s Gr.3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes at Otaki.

“He’s got ability and is a promising horse,” said Murray Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman. “We are pretty happy with him.”

Maraini is part-owned by Lib Petagna, who also raced the multiple Group One winner Lucia Valentina.

A half-brother by Exceed And Excel to Group winner Hasselhoof, Maraini won a Matamata maiden on debut and the colt then finished runner-up to the promising Rising Shot at Te Rapa.

Maraini will be accompanied to Otaki by stablemates Caesour’s Dream, who will run in the Courtesy Ford 2YO, and the Kapiti News Premier contender Highland Park.

Caesour’s Dream, who is owned in Australia, was runner-up to Gift Of Power in the opening two-year-old race of the season at Wanganui in September.

“She’s a nice filly and I really like her,” said Baker.

–NZ Racing Desk