Trans-Tasman interest for Marsh

The local meeting holds plenty of interest for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh as he attempts to chase success on both sides of the Tasman tomorrow.

Marsh has his NZ Oaks placegetter Aurora Lights in Adelaide for the Gr.1 $A400,000 Schweppes Oaks (2400m) at Morphettville, while on the home front his attention will be on the Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting at Te Rapa.

Aurora Lights will be ridden in the Adelaide feature by Corey Brown, who will be hoping to farewell Australian racing for four months on a high note with a Group One win. He has two Group One chances at Morphettville as in the Gr.1 Robert Sangster Stakes he will ride Snitzerland, who is part-owned by Neil Werrett, a major shareholder in the champion Black Caviar.

Brown, co-host of the popular Australian racing programme Off The Rails, will go straight into a Singapore stint after the Group One bids tomorrow with a full book of rides at Kranji the following day. At the completion of the Singapore contract he plans to ride in France and other parts of Europe before returning to Sydney.

Marsh will be chasing his second Group One win for the season, having won the Gr.1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes with Ruud Awakening, and though focused on Aurora Lights, he will be keeping close tabs on the Te Rapa runners, particularly Lucky County and Barbaric.

Lucky Country will contest the Gr.3 $70,000 Windsor Park Stud Breeders Stakes, while Barbaric shapes as a leading lightweight prospect in the $40,000 Mitavite Premier. Marsh’s other runner is the two-year-old Mezzaluna.

Lucky Country has been freshened since finishing seventh over 2100 metres in the Gr.3 Bruce Perry Bloodstock Lowland Stakes and though coming up against a strong field, she has the ability to be right in the action for rider Mark Hills. She won fresh-up over tomorrow’s distance (1200m) at Tauranga last October.

Barbaric jumps from a couple of Rating 85 starts to take on the open sprinters in the Mitavite Premier, but there is no doubting his potential.

He was nabbed late by Ten Belles at Te Aroha last start and Ten Belles went on to win again at Tauranga last weekend. Beforehand he was second to Platinum Kingdom at Trentham and Platinum Kingdom credited trainer Lisa Latta with her first Sydney success when winning at Randwick last Saturday.

Barbaric preceded those placings with a fresh-up win on the Te Rapa course and his other two runs on the course have resulted in a further win, plus a second to subsequent Group Two winner Miss Pelear, who is a leading chance in the Presland Tocker Insurance Plate at Te Rapa tomorrow.