field of mares will be racing for Group Two glory in Saturdays $150,900 Marsh
Classic at Morphettville as the Adelaide Cup Carnival hots up.
Some of Melbournes 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 nations leading
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 OBrien 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 wasnt trained by me," OBrien 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),"
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.