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Marasco Wins Strickland Stakes

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

Ill-fated former Durham Lodge stallion Scenic (Sadler's Wells-Idyllic, by Foolish Pleasure) added a group success when favoured 7YO gelding Marasco (Scenic-Bluegrass Belle, by Is It True) notched his 2nd successive group success in a fortnight since returning from a 9.5-months spell with a 2.25-lengths victory in the $125,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Strickland Stakes (1800m) at Ascot in Perth to take this race for the 2nd year in a row. Marasco (ridden by Daniel Staeck for trainer Fred Kersley) defeated fellow 7YO gelding Tarzi (Desert Prince-Majestic, by Twig Moss) & 6YO gelding Doyoudare (Langfuhr-Bloomy, by Dehere). Marasco (bred by Oakland Park Stud & retained to race by the Kersley & Duncan families) now has 16 wins (also including last start's Gr3 Hyperion Stakes over 1400m at Ascot at March 20, plus 2009's Gr3 Strickland Stakes over 1800m at Ascot, as well as 2008's Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes over 1400m at Ascot, Gr3 Belmont Sprint over 1400m at Belmont Park, Gr3 Hyperion Stakes over 1400m at Ascot & Listed H.G.Bolton Sprint over 1200m at Belmont, in addition to 2007's Gr2 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington, Listed Belmont Newmarket over 1200m at Belmont & Listed Australia Day Stakes over 1200m at Ascot, following 2006's Gr3 A.J.Scahill Stakes over 1400m & Gr2 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200m at Ascot) & 8 placings (including 2009's Gr3 Hyperion Stakes over 1400m at Ascot, plus 2008's Gr2 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200m at Ascot, as well as 2007's Gr1 Darley Australian Cup over 2000m at Caulfield, Gr1 Orr Stakes over 1400m, Gr1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield, Gr2 Liston Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield & Gr2 St George Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield) from 37 starts for $1,726,300 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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