The headline in the Sporting Post read “Ashburton Ace turns the corner” rang true at Hollywoodbets
Scottsville on Sunday. After a couple of years of trials and tribulations, the stable hit form
with a treble.
One of the allures of horse racing is buying a relatively cheap horse whose performance outdoes
their purchase price but also has a fine story behind it.
Marsanne was a chance buy as she took a shine to Dave MacLean at the yearling sales at Gosforth
Park, allowing him to pet her forehead. Enter Lenferna who was accompanying MacLean on the day.
Marsanne took umbrage at his approach and latched onto his arm.
That was an omen according to Maclean and he subsequently landed the final bid on the filly.
Not having the best of legs, Marsanne was a late starter but under Duncans patient care, she
scored her third win from four starts and was possibly unlucky not to have a clean sheet, the
saddle having slipped in her previous start.
MacLean races the filly in partnership with Duncan, Warren and Frank da Ascencao.
Marsanne was the first of Duncans treble with Wildly In Love getting home by a short head in
the fifth to deny Queen Of Alamo and apprentice Gabriel Pieterse his first winner.
Wildly In Love was having her first run for John Mitchell and his son Craig who also had a winner in Cape Town on Saturday as Crusade’s Promise scored for Vaughan Marshall.
The money came for Straight Up in the last, going a mile for the first time, and while there
was a little squeaky bum time for his supporters approaching the last furlong, Mark Khan left
the best for last as he pushed Straight Up past favourite Do Or Dare to win going away. It was
a smart performance from a colt that looks progressive and Jimmy Sarkis should have some fun
with the Summerhill-bred son of Capetown Noir.