Miranda Miss to Follow the Footsteps

An impressive win first time out for Miranda Miss (Reset – Marie Claire, by O’Reilly) could see her follow in the footsteps of her close relative Arrabeea, by contesting the Group 1 Queensland Oaks during Brisbane’s Winter Carnival.

The Pencarrow-bred and raced filly did everything her trainer Mark Walker could have hoped at her very first outing. The filly anticipated the start in the hands of Michael Walker from barrier one, jumping clearly in front, before setting the tempo in the Profarm Ltd Maiden (1200m) at Pukekohe Park.

The daughter of Reset kept up her strong gallop all the way to the line, holding off the challenge of Tricilo (Sandtrap) early in the straight, and then Cheeky Red (Volksraad) who chased her right down to the wire, but the stylish grey held on by a nose officially. The time was 1.13.40 on the Slow 7 track, for the filly bred to excel over the longer trips.

By Reset (Zabeel), the sire of this season’s Group 1 VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider, the three-year-old gets her grey colouring from her dam Marie Claire, herself an outstanding sprinter miler who won six races including the Listed GR Kelt Memorial Handicap (1400m), and also placed second in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes behind Penny Gem (Pentire).

Marie Claire is a half-sister to Arrabeea (Zabee), who has a closer connection with Pencarrow Stud than you would expect. The quality race mare competed during the 2001 Queensland Winter Carnival, the same year Pencarrow wonder mare Ethereal announced herself to the world in winning the Group 1 Queensland Oaks and Listed Doomben Roses before going on to complete her Cups double.

Arrabeea contested both Queensland events, running fifth to Ethereal in the Roses, before starting favourite in the Queensland Oaks where she ended up finishing eleventh to the Peter and Philip Vela owned mare.

Arrabeea is now at stud in Australia where she is being given every chance to add to the residual value of the family having visited Redoute’s Choice, Exceed and Excel, Danzero, and Rock of Gibraltar in her first four years at stud. The daughter of Zabeel is currently in foal to Australian champion Redoute’s Choice again. Her oldest daughter, three-year-old Rasana (Redoute’s Choice), placed second at her only start to date for trainer Mick Price and owner Wynyarra Stud.

Miranda Miss will now be given the chance to prove she has the ability to follow in the footsteps of Ethereal and Arrabeea by moving through the grades in the next couple of months.

Miranda Miss is named after lead character Miranda Priestly from the book and motion picture ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, remembering that her dam, Marie Claire, shares her name with a fashion magazine.

The filly is the first foal of Marie Claire, and Pencarrow has retained her second foal, a Johar two-year-old filly to race in the Mark Walker stable. Marie Claire has a bay colt (pictured) by Darci Brahma at foot, and she currently holds a service to Mufhasa’s sire Pentire.