A Win For Patience

Aug 17, 2018

It has been a long haul for brothers Tim and Brian Kelly, breeders and owners of Marie Adelaide who was so impressive breaking her maiden at Sale on Thursday.

It was just start number four for the five-year-old mare who, having been diagnosed with OCD lesions on both stifles, looked like she would never make it to the track - in fact a vet advised that she would not!

But, determined not to give up on their lovely home-bred, the Kellys handed Marie Adelaide over to the care of friend Sylvia Mooney who took very good care of her for six or so months - "taking her back to basics."

In other words, lots of care, a sensible diet off all grains and pellets with plenty of vitamins and minerals added.

At the end of that time one of Marie Adelaide's lesions had resolved, the other had improved. More time was given and once in work the bay started to impress Michael Kent who looked forward to seeing her over the ground she was bred for.

Improving at each start, the daughter of Reset was a close up and somewhat unlucky third at Cranbourne in late July and whilst back 300m to 2240m at Sale she was able to enjoy a good run back in the field for Beau Mertens.

At first a little keen, she then settled nicely, improving out wide from the 800m and chasing gamely heading to the turn as the leader skipped clear.

She still looked to have the job ahead of her straightening but once letting down Marie Adelaide really found gears - her final 150m most impressive as was her winning margin of 2 1/2 lengths.

"We were rapt to see the pace on," said Michael Kent Junior, adding that "the further she went the bigger the margin!"

"It has been a big process getting this horse to the races," jockey Beau Mertens said, adding that he was happy during the run - "we wanted to be a couple of pairs closer but with the pace on she travelled comfortably and she was too fit and too good."

Confident that Marie Adelaide will get over even more ground, Mertens described her as "a dead-set stayer."

Named after her stakes placed dual city winning dam Deraismes who in turn was named for her sire and dam Grand Lodge and Assertive Lady (Marie Adelaide Deraismes being the first female leader of a Grand Lodge), this promising mare is the third foal and third winner for her dam.

Served last spring by Larneuk Stud's Cluster, Deraismes is also dam of the lightly raced winner The French House (twice fifth in black type company and currently in foal to Toronado having produced a filly by that dual Group One winner last spring) and the handy Geodesic who won three in a row in May/June.

Maigret, a full sister to Marie Adelaide is yet to race but is showing promise for the Darren Weir stable whilst recently turning two is a filly by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente who was sold to Western Australia last year.