Marching Onto A Double
Dec 24, 2017
Progressive four-year-old Marching On has started favourite at each of his last two starts and has not let punters down; backing an impressive 4 1/4 length maiden victory at Kyneton in early December up with another soft win at Cranbourne on Friday night.
Jumping well before taking a sit behind the leaders, Marching On was travelling well enough to make an early run and was in front approaching the turn, getting out wide and giving his rivals something to chase.
But they could not wear him down and as he got closer to the line he was getting further in front, his winning margin a soft 1 1/4 lengths.
"Mick has done a great job with him," said winning rider Craig Williams who admitted to losing a little confidence before the race - "I was a bit concerned going to the gates as I had to get him motivated."
"And I was a bit worried about him being under pressure out wide under the lights for the first time but he towed me through that. He did a good job winning up in grade without being full tested, I think he is in for a good preparation."
"He showed a bit of acceleration tonight as well as some versatility so there are options re where they can go with him."
Confident that Marching On was going to relish the 2080m, Kent was happy to see the horse get off the fence - "the track is a bit worn from the 600m so the plan was to get moving early and out into the better ground."
"We have only had him these last two preps and he has always shown some ability. He is a big horse and the further he gets into his preparation the better he is going to get. Hopefully he can get to one of those Moonee Valley night meetings."
"And if he gets over even further he could get up in class a bit."
Originally trained in New South Wales where he was bred by managing owner John Camilleri (breeder of Winx), Marching On was sold at the Magic Millions for $525,000 - and the son of Sepoy certainly has a half million dollar pedigree being out of Redoute's Choice's Group Three winner Florentina who hails from the same prolific Best In Show family as her sire (pictured).