Marianne Primed for 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes

April 30th, 2015

Co-trainer Troy Corstens has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by talented mare Marianne since her transfer to his care in early April and is confident she is more than a chance for success in Saturday’s Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

Marianne is primed for success in Saturday's Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Marianne is primed for success in Saturday’s Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Marianne began her 2015 campaign under the care of trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, posting several commendable results, but arrived at the Flemington stables of Corstens and father Leon following her third place finish in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) in order to continue her career based in Victoria.

Having boxed on for a credible third in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) in her most recent start on April 18th, Corstens told Racing Ahead the team was thrilled to be offered the chance to saddle the Darci Brahma mare and are confident she is the horse to beat in the 2015 Queen Of The South Stakes.

“She’s a gutsy mare and I’m very lucky to have her because of Peter and Paul Snowden,” Corstens said.

“She’s been very good since we’ve had her.

“She’ll head over on Saturday, she’s fit, she’s well, she’s rock hard and it looks a very good race for her.

“I think she’s a very good chance.”

A standout performer for original trainer Mick Kent over the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, Marianne finished second in each of the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) before taking out the Listed Alexandra Stakes (1600m).

Placing third in the Tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) first-up this time before beating online one runner home in the Group 2 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Classic (1200m), the mare out of Maryann Jones placed midfield in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) and a close second in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) in her only other start prior to the Sunline Stakes.

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