Marcado Claims Victory on Debut in 2014 Talindert Stakes

February 15, 2014

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Marcado Claims Victory on Debut in 2014 Talindert Stakes

Classy colt Marcado has claimed the 2014 Listed Talindert Stakes in impressive style from punters’ favourites Orujo and Lady Sharapova.

Marcado has claimed the 2014 Listed Talindert Stakes on debut

Marcado has claimed the 2014 Listed Talindert Stakes on debut. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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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