Bud­ding stars out for Marsh

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Star­ry­beel and King’s Cross have emerged as ex­cit­ing re­place­ments to help fill the void in Stephen Marsh’s sta­ble with the loss of his top-rated horses.

The Cam­bridge sta­ble’s Group One win­ner Thee Auld Floozie (with Te Awa­mutu con­nec­tions) has been re­tired to stud, Gr.2 Bris­bane Cup (2400m) win­ner Cho­cante is off the scene with a ten­don prob­lem and War Af­fair is re­turn­ing to Sin­ga­pore, leav­ing Marsh to rely on a young team to work through the grades.

“They were my top-rated horses so you miss them, but I’ve got a re­ally good young team and some ex­cit­ing horses,” said Marsh.

“We’ve had 26 wins this sea­son and the team is re­ally fir­ing. I’ve got some young ones who I rate highly that haven’t even raced yet.”

Marsh is still shak­ing his head in dis­be­lief over the re­cent win­ning per­for­mances of Star­ry­beel and King’s Cross, be­liev­ing they could be a cou­ple to step up to the mark in top grade.

“Star­ry­beel was hugely im­pres­sive the way he won at Awa­puni,” he said.

“For a while it didn’t look like he would, but he re­ally sprinted. It was an amaz­ing fin­ish.

“I’ve al­ways had a lot of time for him and I thought he could be our Derby horse last sea­son, but he just wasn’t gen­uine.

“He’s come right since he’s been gelded and now he looks like he’s go­ing to be a lovely Cups horse.” The four-year-old son of Sav­abeel has now won two of his last three starts and is on track for the Dun­stan Feeds Stay­ers Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal (2200m) at Eller­slie on New Year’s Day.

“He’s got to be a big chance in the Dun­stan Fi­nal,” Marsh said.

“He’ll have one more run be­fore it. He’ll go to Eller­slie on De­cem­ber 8 for a rat­ing 72 2200m.”

King’s Cross’s win­ning ef­fort over 1600m at Pukekohe was over­shad­owed by Star­ry­beel’s thrilling ef­fort, but he too had to be good to win.

King’s Cross was flat­tened in a skir­mish early in the run home and he did ex­tremely well to pick him­self up and get up to win by a head.

“It was a mas­sive ef­fort,” Marsh said. “It was phe­nom­e­nal the way he picked him­self up.

“He’s not the big­gest, ro­bust horse, but he’s got a lot of abil­ity.

“He’ll go to Eller­slie for the Dun­stan Feeds 1500 Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal (De­cem­ber 18). I think we’re go­ing to have a lot of fun with him.”

The Marsh sta­ble landed four wins with eight starters at the re­cent meet­ings at New Ply­mouth, Pukekohe and Te Rapa.

Fire­fly, an­other by Sav­abeel, emerged as an op­po­nent for Star­ry­beel in the Dun­stan Feeds Stay­ers Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal with a coura­geous ef­fort to win at New Ply­mouth, while Darci Palmer capped plac­ings with a de­served Taranaki win.

“They’re both rac­ing well and should go on with it and I was re­ally pleased with the run of Power Dream at Pukekohe,” Marsh said.

“She did well to fin­ish fourth in the Coun­ties Bowl and was beaten by just a short head for third. She’ll go to Eller­slie for the Listed New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap (1200m) on Box­ing Day.”

While sit­ting third on the New Zealand Train­ers’ Pre­mier­ship, Marsh has won three races in Syd­ney with Cam­pari (two) and Mark Two.

Photo / Grant Matthew (Race Im­ages)

Jockey Chris John­son pi­lots Stephen Marsh-trained Star­ry­beel to vic­tory at Awa­puni.

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