Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh left Te Aroha racecourse today confident he has a further couple of strong prospects for the major three-year-old features.
Already this season Marsh has unleashed the top fillies Serious Satire (More Than Ready x Zarzuela) and No More Tears for wins in the Gr. 3 Windsor Park/Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trial Stakes and Listed Harold Plumley Soliloquy Stakes respectively.
Now he can add Ruud Not Too and Scarlet’s Secret (Savabeel x Scarlet Vanhara) to his list of budding stars after the pair provided the quinella in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1200 today for both Marsh and the Go Racing Syndications.
Scarlet's Secret was sold for $150,000 from Trelawney's 2014 NZB Premier draft, and was bred by Murray Thoroughbreds.
The swift time run by Ruud Not Too (1:8.71) made Scarlet’s Secret’s effort even more amazing as she was checked badly at the start, last on settling, and still well back approaching the home turn.
Hooked to the outside by rider Opie Bosson, Scarlet’s Secret wound up strongly and wasn’t knocked about in the final stages when it became obvious she didn’t have time to catch her stablemate.
“She’s good,” said Bosson after the race. “She got smashed at the start and if that hadn’t happened she would have won. It was a big effort to do what she did.”
Scarlet’s Secret had one previous start when finishing second-last in the Listed Hamilton Vets Equine Stakes (won by No More Tears) at Te Rapa last May.
“The track was wet and she didn’t go a yard in it,” said Marsh. “I think she’s a very smart filly and she showed that today, even though she didn’t win.”
Scarlet’s Secret had been a trials winner before her juvenile debut and had since won at the Waipa trials and been third in a Te Aroha trial.
She will now be aimed at the Group One Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie, and will probably run over 1400 somewhere next start.