Shocking 3YO Signs Off in Style

Media Release - Thursday June 23

El Vencedor has added to the family’s Queensland roll of honour and will return home for a deserved break following a commanding performance to win at Doomben.

The Stephen Marsh-trained three-year-old signed off his first Australian tour of duty with an effortless victory over 1200m on Wednesday.

El Vencedor winning at Doomben on Wednesday. Photo: Grant Peters

El Vencedor is owned by Wellingtonians Mark Freeman and David Price, who also bred and raced his well-performed brother Chocante.

The son of Shocking won five races from Marsh’s Cambridge quarters with his career highlight a 2017 success in the Gr.2 Doomben Cup and also subsequently placed in the Gr.1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick.

Marsh confirmed that El Vencedor would now be on the first plane home while stablemate Chakana will make one further appearance in Queensland before returning to New Zealand.


“It was a nice race for him and we thought he would run well and it was very pleasant to see,” he said.

The gelding had been unplaced in his first two runs at Eagle Farm before warming to his task and had finished runner-up at Doomben before a successful return visit.

“He just raced a bit fiercely in his first couple of starts there and then settled a bit better, his racing manners aren’t quite 100 percent yet,” Marsh said.

“It was nice to see him go out with a win and he’ll come home now for a little break and then be set for some nice races, I don’t know what just yet, toward the back end of the spring before the tracks get too firm.”

El Vencedor is out of the O’Reilly mare Strictly Maternal, but unlike his sibling Chocante, and his Hong Kong Derby-winning half-brother Sky Darci, has showed an affinity for short course racing.

“Right from the early days he showed a lot of natural speed and I thought he would get over a bit of ground, but I don’t think he will,” Marsh said.

“He might get a mile in time, but he’s still a bit keen in the running so 1200 to 1400m suits him best.”

Barnmate Chakana placed at the Sunshine Coast and at Doomben for rider Jim Byrne before the daughter of Reliable Man came from well back in the running to finish fourth under Anthony Allen in last Saturday’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).

“I thought her run was terrific and she’ll run again in nine days’ time in the Caloundra Cup (Listed, 2400m),” Marsh said. “She’s in a very good spot and will come home after that.

“The step up in trip and the bigger track will be ideal for her and Jim Byrne was very quick to get on the phone and confirm he wanted to get back on the mare.”

Marsh has a number of domestic runners in the coming days and, while admitting he had no standouts, leaned toward Oseleta as his best chance.

A half-sister by Deep Field to the Gr.3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) winner Valpolicella, Oseleta goes into the Zest Handicap (1200m) at Tauranga on Saturday off the back of a last-start sixth at Avondale.

“I think she can bounce back to form. She’s going well and she has run very well at the venue before,” Marsh said. – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Tab Venue Mode Plate (C3) 1200m

Doomben Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.23
El Vencedor
T: S B Marsh J: J Byrne 58.5
3g Shocking (AUS) x Strictly Maternal (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Thunder Mania
T: J G Symons & S Laxon J: Luke Tarrant 59
4g Snitzel (AUS) x Imana (AUS) (Thunder Gulch (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $85,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Michael Kirby
T: Annabel Neasham J: Brodie Loy 57
4m Wootton Bassett (GB) x Bahama Spirit (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
T: Ms G Heinrich J: Sheriden Tomlinson 56
5g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Obsequious (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
In Great Nic
T: R L Heathcote J: Jaden Lloyd 55
5m Nicconi (AUS) x Laura Magne (AUS) (King Charlemagne (USA))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $44,000
V:Lyndhurst Stud Farm Warwick Qld
B: Slade Bloodstock
T: Chris Munce J: R Wiggins 57.5
4g Rich Enuff (AUS) x Show Affection (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld
B: B K Racing & Breeding/Andrew Williams Bstock
T: R L Heathcote J: James Orman 57.5
4g Better Than Ready (AUS) x Falvelina (AUS) (Falvelon (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $32,000
V:Lyndhurst Stud Farm Warwick Qld
B: Adrenaline Thoroughbreds
Sir Piccolo
T: K J Jones J: Kyle Wilson-Taylor 57.5
5g Real Saga (AUS) x Sirindhorn (AUS) (Husson (ARG))
Inglis November (Early) Online Sale $1,000
V:Luke Thomas
B: KJ Jones
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $24,000
V:Tamac Stud Farm Walcha NSW
B: Stuart Craig
T: Scott Henley J: Anthony Allen 57.5
5g Sizzling (AUS) x Elusive Air (USA) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: Hickman Racing
T: N Mayfield-Smith J: Taylor Marshall 57.5
4g So You Think (NZ) x Saint Angers (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $200,000
V:Beaufort Downs Ltd
B: Ontrack Thoroughbreds
NZB Karaka May Sale $54,000
V:D. J. Myers
B: Beaufort Downs
T: K J Jones J: S T Collett 56
4g Spill The Beans (AUS) x Cadouri (AUS) (Minardi (USA))
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