Mardi - Magic!
By Zeb Armstrong
The regally bred Mardi (Redoute's Choice x Bianca) created a big impression at Canterbury on Wednesday winning easily after a ridiculously hard run. The filly showed plenty of tenacity and class to hold on after taking an eternity to cross the field from the widest barrier.
Mardi is by Redoute’s Choice and out of a former Waterhouse runner named Bianca who was Group 1 placed and won the Newcastle Gold Cup. The filly showed all the talent required to win a 1250m race first up and there is little doubt she will perform well over longer trips in the future.
From barrier 11 of 11, Tommy Berry bounced the filly out of the barriers nicely and aimed straight at the front of the pack. At Canterbury, if the best horse is in front, due to the natural curve of the track and the wonderful cover of grass, that particular horse will be very hard to beat.
There is no obvious leader bias, but rather a fair track where it seems the best horse in the race wins more often than not. The way Mardi won, there is a clear argument that she was indeed the best horse in this race. It was crucial, as pointed out by Tommy in his post-race interview, that the filly did not panic or change stride when an unexpected leader kicked up underneath her. She instead took her time, got to the front and showed a beautiful sustained turn of foot that will no doubt win her a lot of races in the future.
Being by Redoute’s Choice does not guarantee success alone; but when you combine his immortal bloodlines with an extremely talented staying pedigree that comes to this filly from her mother’s side, then success is a very real possibility. Perhaps the punters felt this filly was looking for more distance, because it is not very often that a Waterhouse runner having its first start, jumps at double figure odds.
Congratulations to the owners of this filly, the Cloros family. It was great to see this filly win for you and she certainly is one to follow and her ability is undeniable. Well done also to Tommy Berry on a nice confident ride. Tommy agrees that this filly has a tonne of talent and is destined for great things. Well done to all.