In-form Marsh stable after stakes success

Stephen Marsh’s focus will switch from a couple of exciting stable members last weekend to another on Saturday.

Last Saturday Marsh saddled up Lucky Country to record an impressive win in a Rating 65 1400 metres at Rotorua. It was Darci Brahma filly’s second win from four starts and followed on from a convincing victory at Tauranga.

Then two days later the stable was successful with Barbaric, who stamped himself as a horse with a very bright future when making it two wins from two starts. He had blitzed his rivals by seven and a quarter lengths on debut at Hastings last June and won with plenty in hand at Te Rapa.

This weekend Marsh’s attention will be on his exciting two-year-old Ruud Awakening, who will attempt to boost her value with a stakes win in the Listed $50,000 Seaton Park Wellesley Stakes at Trentham.

Marsh will be at Trentham to cheer Ruud Awakening on, while stablemate Savour The Moment will be out to earn a crack at the Group II Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton next month when ridden by Noel Harris at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Marsh is thrilled with the quality within his current team and is looking forward to Ruud Awakening’s Trentham start. The Australian-bred daughter of Bernadini created a huge impression when winning her debut at Avondale, scoring by five and a quarter lengths over 800 metres.

“She’s done it all professionally,” said Marsh. “She’s a very smart filly and a pleasure to train. I’ve always said from day one, she’s a Karaka Millions filly. It would be nice to win on Saturday to guarantee her a start in the Karaka Millions. Being a filly, the black type will help, too.”

Marsh says he may consider a start for Ruud Awakening in the Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe next month if she lives up to expectations on Saturday.

As for Lucky Country, Marsh has her entered for the Group I NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton next month. “I think she’s really good,” said Marsh. “She’ll have one more run before the Thousand Guineas.”

Ruud Awakening, Lucky Country and Savour The Moment are all raced by syndicates managed by Albert Bosma, who first made the news as the syndicate manager of the group which raced the good galloper Silky Red Boxer. Another of the Bosma syndicated horses in the Marsh stable is Pycok Flyer, another talented galloper.

Barbaric is owned by his breeders, Goodwood Stud, and is a four-year-old son of Pins who has the makings of a good metric mile, according to Marsh. “I think he could be a Thorndon Mile type of horse,” said Marsh. “He’s very smart.”

Barbaric didn’t have his first trial until last April and after winning his second trial, at Te Awamutu he was favourite for his winning debut at Hastings. But it hasn’t been all plain-sailing with the horse.

“He’s had niggling problems,” said Marsh. “After Hawke’s Bay he went badly shinsore and had to go out for another good break, then he had a foot abscess in his good foot. Hopefully he’s over all his problems.”