Marbles was the standout Cm graduate of the weekend.
The Mark Treloar-bred and owned filly went back-to-back at her home track of Ruakaka, under a great ride by New Zealand’s leading jockey Samantha Collett.
Jumping from barrier 11, Marbles settled back in her comfort zone and gave her all to reel in the leader Final Suggestion on the line.
Marbles is trained by the Logan Racing team of Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley. The Logan stable has a long association with Mark Treloar and this family, with Donna and the late Dean Logan, having trained Marbles grand-dam Good Faith.
Good Faith endured an immense battle after breaking down when winning the Gr.1 Sires Stakes, however she survived and went on to produce eight winning foals, two stakes winners and Marbles dam My Parlay is an unraced daughter of Good Faith.
Meanwhile in Australia, racing commentators are still talking about the performance of Gold Mag at Sandown Park on Wednesday.
The Lindsay Park Racing-trained son of Savabeel was ultra-impressive when winning the second race of his career – now two from two – with form analysts rating his performance the best mid-week performance at Sandown since Weekend Hustler.
Bred and raced by Peter Grieve and Barry Thomas, Gold Mag was raised at Curraghmore.
In other news, Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss is back in work and trainer Mick Price has said that the colt is going well and he thinks he is shaping into a Toorak Handicap type of horse.
And lastly, hearty congratulations to Cm client Nearco Stud and Highden Park’s Libby and Sam Bleakly on the horse they bred and raised Beauty Generation taking out Hong Kong Horse of the Year honours! A fantastic achievement for them and the NZ breeding industry.