Timely win for Marsh stable

Yamato Nadeshiko (Danielle Johnson) racing away to a comfortable win at Tauranga today, much to the delight of part-owner Kenji Konishi.

Yamato Nadeshiko (Danielle Johnson) racing away to a comfortable win at Tauranga today, much to the delight of part-owner Kenji Konishi.

Yamato Nadeshiko could not have picked a more opportune time to put on her best show than at Tauranga today.

The Ekraar four-year-old had failed to finish closer than sixth in five previous starts, but stepping up to a staying test for the first time she raced away to a decisive win in the Bob Pinny Ray White Commercial 2100.

Making the occasion even more notable for trainer and part-owner Stephen Marsh was the fact one of her other part-owners made the trip from Australia to see her perform.

“It’s great to have her part-owner Kenji Konishi here,” said Marsh. “He flew over from Melbourne this morning to watch her and geez he nearly jumped into my arms at the 100-metre mark.

“It’s just great when things like that happen. I’m rapt for him.”

Yamato Nadeshiko is a half-sister to You Think So, a winner of nine races up to 3000 metres in Victoria, and Prologue, whose six wins include the Waikato Hurdles.

She was purchased by another of her Japanese part-owners, Mr Y. Onizuka for $30,000 from the Monovale Farm draft in the 2014 Select session at the National Yearling Sales.

The win is timely as Monovale Farm will offer a sister to Yamato Nadeshiko in the Select session at Karaka on February 1.

Yamato Nadeshiko continued the good start to the New Year for Marsh and his partner and stable jockey, Danielle Johnson. The pair landed a treble at Ellerslie yesterday including two of the day’s features, the Gr.2 Stella Artois Royal Stakes (She Brings Joy) and the Gr.2 Rich Hill Mile (Ruud Not Too), while Johnson picked up a second win today, on the Ken and Bev Kelso-trained Cote D’Or for Sir Peter Vela.

Johnson settled Yamato Nadeshiko midfield, but they lost their place when pushed back across the top and were last on the rails turning for home. Johnson then sneaked her mount through along the inside and Yamato Nadeshiko burst clear to win by one and a half lengths from Darci Deniro.

“It was her first run over ground and she settled back nicely and got all the breaks,” said Marsh. “It was a perfect ride and she was quite dominant in the end.”

Yamato Nadeshiko paid $17.10, but Marsh was not surprised by the win.

“Her runs look disappointing on paper, but her last two runs had been quite good,” he said. “Her work over ground since that has been really good.

“She’s not overly big but got a good heart.”