Makarska Provides Pencarrow Double on Saturday

A comfortable 3.3 length victory has seen the Pencarrow Racing runner Makarska (Keeper x Stanica) return to the winner’s circle at Te Rapa on Saturday, less than an hour after the win by Mahanadi at Riccarton.

The three-year-old filly trained by Ken & Bev Kelso broke maidens earlier this season and has been consistent throughout her career, only failing to weigh in once from 10 starts.

Jumping from barrier 2 in the $15,000 Rating 65 Arrowfield Stud 1600m, rider Michael Coleman attained the perfect trail on the Keeper filly, enjoying an economical run. Coleman produced his mount in the middle of the track in the straight and the filly tore away to win convincingly over Inis Rose (O’Reilly) in second and Ponderosa Miss (High Chaparral) in third.

“She has been consistent all the way through her career,” commented Ken Kelso. “I definitely think she will go on from that, she is only going to get stronger as she gets older, she is a little on the weak side.

“She was pretty unlucky in the Eulogy Stakes. She drew very wide, was dragged back and was taken about six wide around the corner and boxed on really well to finish sixth. She was very unlucky and should have run in the money.

“She has got a lot of ability and I think she will go further in distance as well. She will head towards a Rating 75 race at Ellerslie in three weeks’ time.”

Saturday’s victory was Makarska’s second from 10 starts for Makarska.

Bred by Sir Peter and Philip Vela, Makarska is out of Group 1 Avondale Cup runner-up Stanica (Zabeel). She is a half-sister to the promising Melbourne galloper Rhythm to Spare, a winner last weekend at Flemington who has been Group 2 placed in his short career.

Stanica was covered in 2013 by top-class racehorse All Too Hard, a half-brother to champion sprinter Black Caviar.