Two year old in good form for Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes -

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.

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