Marsh shares credit for double

Cascata may not be sporting Gerry Harvey's colours, but it made no difference to the end result at Avondale today.

Cascata may not be sporting Gerry Harvey’s colours, but it made no difference to the end result at Avondale today.

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh labelled it a team effort for his stable’s two wins at Avondale today.

Marsh saddled up Cascata to clear maiden ranks in the IRT 1200, the fourth race on the card, and two races later stablemate All Torn Up notched his fourth win from 16 starts when taking the NZ All Golds Cosmopolitan Club 1200. Both wins came as no surprise to Marsh.

Cascata, a three-year-old daughter of Postponed bred and raced by Gerry Harvey, had been runner-up in her sole trial on a heavy track at Avondale on August 30 then finished a creditable third in her raceday debut on the same track earlier this month after being trapped wide throughout.

Today Cascata was given a dream run in the trail by Marsh’s partner, Danielle Johnson, and unleashed a strong finish along the inner inside the final 200 metres to score by a length from Legramor, a Commands daughter of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas winner Katie Lee.

Marsh made mention of Johnson’s mother, Annabelle, for the part she played in Cascata’s win.

“A lot of the credit goes to Annabelle Johnson,” said Marsh. “She did a lot of the prep work and trained her up. We’re lucky enough to be able to finish her off. It’s great to get her in that condition.”

Though Cascata won with some authority, it was obvious there is much improvement, but Marsh isn’t in a hurry.

“The hard tracks will find her out a little bit,” he said. “Autumn is more her go.”

All Torn Up (Danielle Johnson) getting the better of Cinematic at Avondale today.

All Torn Up (Danielle Johnson) getting the better of Cinematic (inner) at Avondale today.

Marsh got a double helping of the stakemoney won by All Torn Up in the sixth event, being a part-owner of the Bachelor Duke six-year-old with Bruce and Maureen Harvey and Bryce and Ginger Tankard and their family.

“Bruce Harvey, a part-owner, and his staff have done an amazing job with him,” said Marsh. “They do a lot of work with him. It’s been a big team effort and it’s great to have him back in the winner’s circle.”

All Torn Up picked up two wins and a third in his first three starts then was sent to Hong Kong, where he failed to reproduce that form in four starts.

Brought back to New Zealand, he won fresh-up at Hastings 12 months ago and was then placed in three of his next five starts.

He picked up a further placing, a fourth at Matamata last February and, though he hadn’t raced for eight months, Marsh was confident he would perform well today.

“He went very good first-up last year when he won at Hawke’s Bay in 1:9,” said Marsh. “He’s such a good horse in a fresh state.”

Johnson was also aboard All Torn Up and she produced a similar display on him to the home turn as she did on Cascata, having him trailing third or fourth. But the clear inside run didn’t come her way in the straight as it did in the third event.

She started to angle All Torn Up outwards on the home turn, but was pushed back inwards. All Torn Up gained an opening and came with a determined finish to win by a head from Cinematic.

It was Johnson’s third win of the day, having also won earlier on Casing The Joint, and she rounded off the day with her fourth win (half the card) when taking the final event on Chateau Fionn.

Marsh plans to keep All Torn Up on the fresh side.

“He’ll have 10 days in the paddock and go fresh again,” he said. “I think that’s the key to him.”