Marvellous Maraudamiss

Mar 08, 2016

Such is the promise that Maraudamiss has always shown that it was only a matter of time till she broke her maiden - and she did so in very easy style at Kyneton on Monday.

Having run so well when third first up at Sandown, Maraudamiss was a short priced favourite in the 1850m maiden and she was always travelling sweetly for Jackie Beriman.

Cruising to the turn, she was in an awkward position for just a few strides but after hooking off heels with 200m to go she was off and away - her winning margin a soft and impressive 2 1/2 lengths.

Being briefly held up may have been a blessing according to Beriman who said that the four-year-old can lose a bit of concentration once into clear running.

"I was never too worried," she said, "I knew what was there. She relaxed and did everything right today and she is a mare who is ready to go on with it."

"I am looking forward to seeing what she can do during the rest of her career."

Michael Kent has always been a fan... "I liked her as a three-year-old," he said, "but she was not mature enough. Her owners agreed to give her a long break and she has developed into a lovely strong mare and I feel she can get through the grades."

A home-bred for Kerry Selleck, Maraudamiss is the eighth winner produced by the terrific broodmare Umansky.

A city placed three times winner, she has produced smart types by a variety of stallions with her latest success story being a daughter of the underrated Clangalang.

Umansky has been a good mare for the stable, also producing the stakes placed multiple city winners Danestroem (pictured) and Consorting. Served last spring by Domesday, she is also dam of the metropolitan winners Murcielago and Bella Jinsky and she has a youngster by Elvstroem (a full brother to Danestroem) coming through.

Selleck purchased Umansky out of the paddock over ten years ago and has been smitten with her ever since.

"She is the joy of my life!" she enthused, always the proudest person on course when Umansky's progeny salute.

"I screamed so loudly from the 150m on Monday that other owners were congratulating me," she laughed.

Whilst Danestroem has been a somewhat temperamental mare throughout her career, Maraudamiss has always been "a really nice, sweet, quiet happy horse."