CTS graduate Maryah looks a special sort

CTS graduate Maryah looks a special sort

August 02, 2021 / 1 month ago

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Maryah, bright future. (Candiese Lenferna).

Maryah (16-1), a picture on parade, posted an upset win in the Prosport International Gr2 Debutante over 1200m at Greyville’s Marshalls World Of Sport Festival Of Racing on Saturday.

Good looks don’t necessarily win races, but she was a standout in the paddock and ran accordingly, stretching away from her rivals for a 2.5-length win that could have been extended, had her jockey Sean Veale so wished.

The more fancied Remember When (4-1) took second ahead of Crimson Causeway, who ran on late for third.

Trained by Lezeanne Forbes, the Connemara Stud-bred winner is a daughter of Querari (Oasis Dream) out of the stamina-endowed four-time winner Mary Hinge (Second Empire).

Forbes thanked Veale for sticking with Maryah after a below-par second career run and said: “She’s still a baby – she was a little flat on July Day – but we had to take our chances from a one draw. Sean told me from day one she was ‘different class’ and I think she’ll go on from here.

“Thanks also to Mike Shaw (behaviour therapist) for his hard work, as she is a bit quirky. Congrats to owners Basie and Suzette Viljoen, who also owned Maryah’s half-sister Mary She who won the Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Category in KZN last season.”

Veale said: “Coming through the 300m it was race over. I felt I let her go too quick, but she was travelling so well. She’s special.”

A R300 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Maryah is now a winner of 2 of her 3 starts, and she took her stakes to R159 375.