Four-year-old mare Marzemino has been a work in progress for Byerley Park trainers Peter and Dawn Williams, but the penny looks to be dropping judging by her strong win over 1200m in rating 82 grade at Te Aroha on Saturday.
The daughter of Per Incanto was given a text-book ride by Andrew Calder behind the leaders and cruised to victory when asked for an effort in the straight.
“She is a nice horse, she has just been a slow developer and we have been taking our time with her,” Peter Williams said.
“I think she is up to Group company. We have just got to guide her through it and I think she’ll be a better horse next season.
“Even the Thoroughbreds Breeders’ Stakes (Gr.1, 1600m) wouldn’t be out of her way next year.”
Williams said Marzemino would have one more run this campaign before going for a spell and he has no issues in trying the mare, who has never raced beyond 1200m, over more ground.
“I don’t think stepping up to 1400m will be a problem,” Williams said.
“She settled beautifully the other day and she is starting to get a bit adaptable. You can ride her wherever you like and she is a lot more settled now.”
Meanwhile, Williams said that Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) heroine Media Sensation is also likely to have one more run for the season after finding the line well for fourth behind Kingsguard at Ellerslie last start.
“We are very happy with her,” Williams said.
“She is going to the Cambridge Breeder’s Stakes (Gr.3, 1200m) and then she will probably go out for a spell after that.”