Ballarat Cup aim for Mongolian Marshal

Media Release - Thursday November 5

Former Kiwi Mongolian Marshal took out Wednesday’s Kyneton Cup (2000m), with a hard-fought victory over Bartholomeu Dias and connections now have eyes for an even more lucrative country cup.

Mongolian Marshal (centre) winning the Kyneton Cup (2000m). Photo: Brett Holburt (Racing Photos)

The Stuart Gower-trained gelding entered a battle with $2.90 chance Bartholomeu Dias and Double You Tee, with the three pulling clear on the turn.

Mongolian Marshal fought off both their challenges to win by a short head, with Double You Tee finishing a neck behind the winner in third.


It was a first win for the son of High Chaparral since 2018, but he arrived at Kyneton following a promising fourth-placing in the Gr.3 Coogny Cup (2000m) last month.

“He was pretty gutsy really, he might have hit the front a bit soon but he boxed it out good,” Gower said.

“I thought Zac (Spain) rode him a treat.

“We’re going to have a crack at the Ballarat Cup (Listed, 2000m), which will be a lot stronger given it is worth a lot more money (A$500,000) and then give him a let-up after that.”

Mongolian Marshal will head back to Gower’s Morphettville stable to prepare for the Ballarat feature on November 21. 

“We will give him an easy week on the water walker and take him down to the beach,” Gower said.

“We don’t have to do a lot with him now. He is pretty fit, in addition to floating backwards and forwards.

“He will come home because we have worked him out and I think he is better off being back in Adelaide.”

Raced in New Zealand by Inner Mongolia Rider Horse, Mongolian Marshal was originally trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, for whom he won the Gr.3 Waikato Cup (2400m).

He was sold privately earlier this year to clients of Gower’s and has advanced his record to six wins for $350,000 in prizemoney.

Sold by Cambridge Stud as a yearling for $220,000 at Karaka, Mongolian Marshal is out the Dehere mare Ardeche. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Bet365 Kyneton Cup 2000m

Kyneton Track: Good(3) Time: 2:03.04
Mongolian Marshal
T: S P Gower J: Zac Spain 56.5
6g High Chaparral (IRE) x Ardeche (NZ) (Dehere (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Rider Horse NZ
Bartholomeu Dias
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jordan Childs 56
6g Mount Nelson (GB) x Lady Francesca (GB) (Montjeu (IRE))
Double You Tee
T: Patrick Payne J: W Egan 58.5
6g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Kandy Korn (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: John Blacker
Northwest Passage
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: H Coffey 56
7g So You Think (NZ) x Danevade (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Captain Cook
T: C J Waller J: B Rawiller 62.5
8g Dubawi (IRE) x Canda (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
Barry The Baptist
T: P A Jones J: Jarrod Fry 56
7g Hard Spun (USA) x I Mean Business (AUS) (Lycius (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Golden Grove, Denman, NSW
B: P Jones
Silent Command
T: Nick Smart J: Will Price 56
6g Commands (AUS) x Silent Surround (AUS) (Face Value (AUS))
T: Richard Cully J: John Allen 56
9g Colombia (NZ) x All Magic (NZ) (Victory Dance (IRE))
Our Big Mike
T: Brett Scott J: N Callow 60.5
8g Don Eduardo (NZ) x Landvetter (NZ) (Felix The Cat (USA))
Feel The Rush
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: M J Dee 56
4m Proisir (AUS) x Zabex (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
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