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Classy colt Marcado has claimed the 2014 Listed Talindert Stakes in impressive style from punters’ favourites Orujo and Lady Sharapova.
Having claimed a strong barrier trial at Cranbourne in January, the Choisir colt had actually drifted to a quote of $12 when lining up in the stalls, but managed to produce a blistering run to lead for a good portion of the race and finish a half-a-length in front of Orujo.
Trainer Steve Richards was noticeably taken back by the resounding result, and summed up his joy between tears immediately following the race.
“We’ve had a bad year and we’ve put a lot of work into this horse” Richards said.
”A couple of the guys wanted me to go to the sales in New Zealand recently and I just couldn’t leave this horse even for four or five days.
“We pulled this off today and I’m really wrapped for the owners and the connections.
“We’ve got a lot of good clients, thanks to Steven King (jockey) and the team.”
Electing to stay away from the main pack and hug the rails early, Marcado received a sensational ride from Steven King, whose choice to kick with a few hundred metres to run was justified when sustaining to the line.
Peter Snowden-trained Orujo was the undoubtable market mover in final moments of betting, quickly cutting from a quote of $11 to jump equal second-favourite at odds of 6-1.
Having placed fifth in his only prior event, the Flemington Equine Clinic Plate (1000m) at Caulfield on November 30th, Orujo came close to rewarding punters’ faith, however left a last-ditch sprint a little too late.
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2014 Talindert Stakes Results
|1||8||MARCADO||Steve Richards||Steven King||–||7||56kg||$11|
|2||6||ORUJO||Peter Snowden||Nash Rawiller||0.75L||3||56kg||$6|
|3||13||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Glen Boss||2.5L||2||54kg||$3.60F|
|4||2||DUCAL CASTLE||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||2.9L||10||56kg||$5.50|
|5||3||RED LETTER DAY||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3.4L||8||56kg||$21|
|6||4||CORAM||John Sadler||Craig Williams||4.15L||9||56kg||$6|
|7||10||THE SPITFIRE||David Hayes||Michael Rodd||4.55L||4||56kg||$21|
|8||9||STATUE OF WARRIORS||Jerome Hunter||Andrew Mallyon||5.8L||5||56kg||$151|
|9||7||BETCHER||Barry & Glen James||Ms Nikita Beriman||11.8L||6||56kg||$8.50|
|10||5||INEVITABILITY (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Oisin Murphy (a)||14.8L||1||56kg||$21|
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