Aug 31, 2013
It is no mean feat to step straight up from a maiden to metropolitan company but on the strength of Marianne's victory at Caulfield on Saturday she is up to even bigger and better things.
Always travelling well off the leader for Craig Willams, the promising three-year-old hit the front at the 250m, finding plenty when challenged to record a determined victory.
Having only her third start, having broken her maiden by 3 1/2 lengths at Cranbourne few weeks ago, Marianne was - said Michael Kent "strong on the line."
"A few of the fillies behind her were travelling well but when they got their chance they couldn't get past her."
Whilst Kent feels that she may be even better suited ridden "more quietly," Marianne does have plenty of natural pace.
"She has got great gate speed," said jockey Craig Williams, "she just put herself there."
Adding that "there was plenty of merit in her win," Williams was impressed with Marianne's condition.
"She looked great today," he said - "she has really come on since Cranbourne."
Kent agreed - "she has really thrived since that win," he said - looking forward to getting up over a bit more ground.
"She will head to the 1000 Guineas Trial now," said Kent, "and we will see how she measures up in that sort of company."
Likely to be ideally suited by the mile of the 1000 Guineas, Marianne is described by Kent as "a beautiful, strong filly - and the nicest type from the family."
Raced by Bill Slatter with Don & Sally Baertschiger, Marianne is a full sister to her Gr.1 placed stablemate Our Miss Jones and the lightly raced winner Real Delight.
It was nearly a running double for the stable with Serene Star storming home for well back to run a game second in the following event.
Thanks to Bruno Cannatelli for the winning photo!