Baby Face breaks maiden ranks29 Oct 2019

After a couple of close calls and placings, Baby Face finally got her just rewards in the $15,000 Fastrack Insurance $5K Stake Top Up (Maiden) over 1600 metres at Te Rapa.

The Stephen Marsh-trained four-year-old had been knocking on the door since her debut back in March, with two seconds from her first three starts; but Monday’s race was the right race for her to finally get that elusive victory.
Stepping up to a mile, the daughter of NZ Champion Sire Savabeel came from back in the field with a sustained run to get the better of favourite Ranger (A. Calder) by half a head, with over five lengths back to Man Oh Man (O. Bosson) in third place.

“I was a spot further back than I wanted but she got home good,” rider Craig Grylls said.
“She may need blinkers, she got to the lead and half pulled up but she did enough to get the job done,” he added.

Baby Face’s winning time was 1:35.89 (last 600m in 36.53) on a Dead4 track.

“Her first two runs were good over 1400m but stepping up to a mile helped,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.
“She’s such a laid back mare, I toyed with the idea of adding blinkers but I like to get out of maiden grade without them. She stuck to her guns today, I think the second horse is a good horse.”
“Mark Chittick isn’t in a rush with her so we might give her a short break.”
“We think she can develop into a cups style, of mare, she’s a real staying type. Plenty of upside but great to get her out of maiden grade,” he added.

The Waikato Stud-bred and raced mare had placed on three occasions from her six starts to date, before posting her breakthrough victory on Monday.