Two year old in good form for Matamata
John Sargent is gearing up for the 43rd edition of the two-year-old fillies’ feature next weekend, the J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.
The director of Ladbrook Park Stables and internationally recognised horse trainer will be entering his filly Marechal, who is owned by former All Black Mark Carter along with other family members.
Sargent bought the filly a year ago and since then she has won two starts at Otaki, run a close fourth in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes and later placed midfield in the $1 million Karaka Million in January which is New Zealand’s richest race.
He has high hopes for the Group Two race next weekend and said Marechal has been doing well.
‘‘She is very fit and healthy and that is the main thing when it comes to racing, so hopefully she does really well,’’ he said.
‘‘I will be adding blinkers to her race day gear to help the concentration.’’ Sargent has a strong record at the Breeders’ Stakes, winning in 2006 with filly Naturo and again in 2010 with Banchee. ‘‘It is always a strong field because it is the best filly race in New Zealand for group two,’’ he said.
‘‘So the value of racing in this race is huge as it puts a lot of value on her as a broodmare.’’
In the Reid and Harrison Slipper Race for colts, Sargent will be racing Magic Shaft and could have as many as seven horses racing throughout the day.