Marsh serious on another Aussie attack

Serious Satire (Danielle Johnson) showing her class in the Gold Trail Stakes. (Photo: Race Images, PN)

Serious Satire (Danielle Johnson) showing her class in the Gold Trail Stakes. (Photo: Race Images, PN)

Marsh will saddle up Serious Satire in one of the day’s features, the Gr. 3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes, and his long term goal is to get her across the Tasman.

“I think she’s good enough,” said Marsh. “There’s a possibility she could get to Queensland, but her main aim is Melbourne in the spring.”

Marsh made no secret of the high regard he holds for Serious Satire after she followed up a debut third at Avondale with an amazing finish to win at Hastings last August.

She then returned to Hastings last October and charged home to beat some smart fillies in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes, but unfortunately Marsh only got one more start out of her last year as she jarred up in the Gr. 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa and tailed the field home.

Since her spell, Serious Satire has had two trials, the latest at Avondale earlier this month when third over 1000 metres.

“She came back big in condition and she needed her two trials,” said Marsh. “She has been working well and she’s drawn perfectly (six) but I’d love to see some easing of the ground.

“It’s a great field and she’s going to better over further than 1200, but I’m happy with her.”

With regular rider Danielle Johnson on the injured list, Michael McNab has landed the ride on Serious Satire on Saturday.

Marsh also has a strong chance in the other Te Rapa feature, the Gr. 2 Travis Stakes, with Thee Auld Floozie, who will be ridden by Craig Grylls.

Since winning at Tauranga four starts ago Thee Auld Floozie has been twice runner-up in black-type events. She was second to Guarantor in the Listed Kaimai Stakes at Matamata and chased Endure home last start in the Gr. 3 Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes, while between times she was fifth in Volkstok’n’barrell’s Gr. 1 NZ Stakes.

“She’s got a good draw (three) and I can’t fault her,” said Marsh. “She’ll go out for a spell after this one.”

Marsh has three other acceptors at Te Rapa, Lanciato, Lily Grecia and Procurement, though he is unsure about the latter competing. “Procurement really needs some rain,” he said.

Lanciato was beaten two noses by Neala at Te Rapa and will be ridden in the three-year-old 1600-metre event by Leith Innes, while Lily Grecia has been placed in her two trials and McNab will take the mount in the juvenile race.