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Marsh Eyes Oaks Success

Friday, 18th March 2016

Stephen Marsh says he can't fault talented filly Sofia Rosa (Makfi-Bislieri, by Encosta de Lago) heading into tomorrow's Gr1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Cambridge trainer has had three previous unplaced runners in the 3YO fillies Classic, but none could boast Sofia Rosa's credentials. A horror fall, the result of clipping heels, in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day remains Sofia Rosa's only defeat this season, having won twice at Hastings and Ellerslie before Christmas. The Lib Petagna-owned filly bounced back a week after the Eight Carat to win the Gr2 Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on New Year's Day and has since won the Gr3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings. "She's done great. She's come through the Lowland perfectly and she hasn't put a foot wrong since," Marsh said. "She's trained well for this and I can't fault the way she looks. She's got a good draw and everything looks in her favour. It still won't be an easy race to win but if you look at the field two months ago and what it looks like now, it's certainly lost some of its depth." Marsh rated fellow Cambridge filly Mime as the hardest to beat for Sofia Rosa, who could have one more run this preparation in the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on 9 April should she perform well on the weekend.

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