First Win for Miraflores

Three-year-old filly Miraflores (Johar x Marie Claire, by O’Reilly) broke her maiden on Friday in promising style for the Pencarrow Stud racing string.

Having just missed a start in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic on Saturday, trainer Mark Walker made the decision to travel the Pencarrow bred and raced filly to New Plymouth on Friday to contest the Magnum Industries Maiden (2000m).

Only six contested the event but Miraflores found herself last approaching the home-turn and five wide coming into the Pukekura Raceway straight with James McDonald aboard.

Quickly assuming the lead McDonald sat up on Miraflores as she eased down to win by half a length over Frills (Bertolini), her win clearly indicating that she has the ability to have been racing the next day at Te Rapa.

Likely to target the Listed Sunline Vase (2100m) on 10 March, Miraflores has now raced four times and never finished out of the money.

With two runners for two winners, Pencarrow’s stakes-winning broodmare Marie Claire has started her stud career with a bang and looks to have left a considerable amount of her ability in Miraflores.

A daughter of stakes-winner Trotanoy, and a half-sister to Group winner Arrabeea (Zabeel), Marie Claire foaled a black colt by Pentire in 2009 and is back in foal to the Group 1 producing sire.

Marie Claire was represented by a Darci Brahma colt at Karaka Premier 2010 through the Pencarrow Stud draft which, after spirited bidding, was knocked down to Frank Ritchie for $90,000.