Mar 22, 2014

Having been four times runner-up in stakes company at her previous four outings, it was a much deserved victory for classy filly Marianne in Friday night’s Listed Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Increasing her value with her first black type victory, the well related daughter of Darci Brahma did it in style – settling back for a patient Craig Williams who hooked her out from the 600m.

Straightening up third just a couple of lengths from the leaders, Marianne showed great will to wear down Girl In Flight before holding off a late challenge from Suavito.

“It was a very tactical race,” Williams explained, happy that he was able to “get onto the back of the right horse.”

From there, he said, it was all up to Marianne who – as her consistent record shows – always tries her best.

“She is a heart on legs!” Williams joked, “she just loves to win.”

Three times successful from just eight starts – with her four seconds enhancing her record – Marianne has already won over $269,000 in stakes and Michael Kent is confident that the best is still to come.

“She is a really good filly this one, “ adding that he admires the way she relaxes in her races.

“She will get a trip, she has shown that at home.”

Marianne’s next assignment is yet to be decided with options in two cities – the Auraria Stakes to be run at Morphettville in three weeks’ time and the Vinery at Rosehill in a fortnight.

A home-bred for the Baertschiger family – Don and Sally racing her with Bill Slatter – Marianne is a daughter of the wonderful producer Maryann Jones.

A winner over 1200m in New Zealand, the daughter of Fasliyev has been represented by five runners and all have been winners including the Group One placed Our Miss Jones (a full sister to Marianne) and the stakes placed five times winner Prairie Star.

Hailing from a family that has been producing topliners for generations, Marianne is a descendant of the acclaimed matriarch Frizette – also ancestress of the influential stallions Mr Prospector and Seattle Slew.

Marianne’s success was a part of a great night for the Baertschigers with the lightly raced and promising O’Reilly three-year-old Blue Swede saluting first up at Kranji in Singapore.


Photo courtesy of Grant Courtney.