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07/05/02 Top Quality Mares for Marsh Classic
A quality field of mares will be racing for Group Two glory in Saturday’s $150,900 Marsh Classic at Morphettville as the Adelaide Cup Carnival hots up.

Some of Melbourne’s top class performers like All Time High, Be My Princess, La Zoffany, Sonarchi, Summer Rule and Sylvaner will go head to head with leading locals including Market Price, Secret Haze, The Ex Files and Umaline.

Adding further interest to the race is Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings. Bart has entered both Mrs. Tendulkar and Tyrolean for the 1600 metre event.

The Marsh Classic is one of the most sought out Fillies and Mares races in the country and is often on the agenda for the nation’s leading trainers.

First run in 1980 the race has a short, yet proud history. Golden Kingdom won the first ever race, when it was named the Queen of the South Stakes.

Since then mares to the quality of Canny Lass, Rose of Kingston, Shavano Miss, Our Marquis, Saleous, Spectrum and Memphis Blues have all won. As well previous placegetters include Minegold, Prairie, Bionic Bess, Jadeva Belle, Spirit of Kingston, Leggings, Broann and Beaumont Babe.

Melbourne based trainer Danny O’Brien will be hoping his top class mare La Zoffany can win her second Marsh Classic. But this time instead of loathing La Zoffany he will be cheering the mare home.

"When La Zoffany won the race a couple of years ago she wasn’t trained by me," O’Brien said.

"In fact I have mad memories of the race. My horse in the race Porto Roca finished second (beaten just a neck) to this mare (La Zoffany)," O’Brien added.

The Marsh Classic started its life in 1980 when known as the Queen of the South Stakes. From 1992 until 2000 is was known as the Sedgwick Classic.

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