Making His Mark

Jun 26, 2013

A former New Zealander who made a winning debut for the stable at Ballarat last spring, four-year-old St Mark was back to his best at only his second run this campaign - at Sandown on Wednesday recording a tough victory over 1800m.

Catching the eye when finishing on well for third after striking interference first up at Sale, St Mark travelled nicely along the rails for Chad Schofield  who saved ground getting up on the inside of the leader in the run home.

Drawing clear to salute by a soft 1¼ lengths, St Mark recorded the fourth victory of his consistent 14 start career.

And, judging by the improvement that has come with maturity, the best is still to come.

"He used to lay in really badly," Michael Kent said, "he threw a couple of races away doing that."

"The question mark today was the really heavy going but he was always travelling nicely and Chad rode him particularly well."

"He had no trouble getting through that going," Schofield reported, adding that "he was a bit keen early but once we'd been going for 400m he travelled nicely and he was very strong to the line."

Named after the St Marks Breast Centre which was established by his owner, prominent surgeon Dr John Harman, St Mark was purchased for him as a yearling for $NZ42,000 by Phill Cataldo.

"He is a nice horse," Michael Kent said, "who should go through his grades - the country cups over the spring look a nice aim for him."

A descendant of the acclaimed matriarch Chelandry who has been making her mark upon the Australian thoroughbred for generations, St Mark is a son of the Redoute's Choice stallion Coats Choice and the Gr.3 placed six times winner Cruella.