Marching Onto Victory
Dec 08, 2017
It was only a matter of time until Marching On made his way to the winner's circle and it was great to see him break his maiden in such impressive style at Kyneton - shooting clear from the turn to win by a soft an impressive 4 1/4 lengths.
Fitted with blinkers for the first time, the well related son of Sepoy did not have the easiest runs in transit - working a bit early and wanting to overrace a bit from a wide gate - but he won in the style of a horse with more to offer.
"We are hopeful that he can get up over 2000m," Mick Kent said after the four-year-old's victory over 1875m - "we might try and find one of those benchmark 64s at Moonee Valley on a Friday night."
"The plan was to take a handy sit but with the blinkers on he got a bit keen so Craig (Williams) did the right thing going forward."
"He has always been strong at the end of his races and has always promised to win his maiden like that - it is good to see him do it."
Williams had been confident leading into the race, noting that "we had the right form horse."
"I loved the way he towed me around to the gates," he added, "with the blinkers on he was more sprightly in his step and he delivered."
"He is quite a casual fellow, lightly raced with scope and he will take a lot of confidence from that win."
Originally trained in New South Wales where he was bred by managing part owner John Camilleri (breeder of the mighty Winx), Marching On only made it to the trials for his first trainer but for us he has been a consistent performer placing at three of his first five starts before breaking through.
A $520,000 Magic Millions graduate, Marching On is out of the Group Three winning Redoute's Choice mare Florentina, also dam of the Group Two placed Villa Carlotta.
Now in the United Kingdom, she is a half-sister to the Group One galloper Gathering from the immediate family of Group One winners Redoute's Choice, Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Platinum Scissors, Manhattan Rain and Shoals.