(By John Jenkins)
The Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha in 12 months time is a long range goal for Marzemino who proved a class above her rivals again in a Rating 82 race over 1200m at Ellerslie today.
The Per Incanto four-year-old brought up her fifth win from just 10 starts and clocked a quick 1:09.17 when she blitzed the opposition by 4 lengths. It was the second time this month she had broken one minute 10 seconds after a similar performance in a Rating 82 race over 1200m at Te Aroha on April 6, which she won by 2 lengths in 1:09.59.
Peter Williams, who trains the mare in partnership with his wife Dawn, said she is now likely to be turned out for a spell and brought back for major races next season.
“I’m quite keen to put her aside now and just bring her up slowly during the winter and aim at some nice races,” Williams said.
“I do think though that the race that will suit her will be late next season–and mares are better in the autumn—and that’s something like the Te Aroha Breeders Stakes because I do think she will get a mile.”
Winning jockey Andrew Calder echoed those comments when he said Marzemino is maturing and getting better all the time and will be even better next season.
“She’s running good times over 1200 at the moment but I’ve got no doubt that she will get a mile later on,” Calder said.
Marzemino trailed the leaders to the home turn in today’s race before taking control and sprinted clear to easily beat Memories Only and Hammer King.
By Per Incanto out of the Pins mare Florimont, Marzemino was bred by Haunui Stud who has retained a major shareholding in the mare.