Quiet tactics pave way for Mariana Trench’s first win

𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡'𝐬 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐩 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 $𝟕𝟓,𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 (𝟏𝟔𝟎𝟎𝐦) 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥.

The three-year-old son of Kermadec, who had previously settled in a spot worse than midfield behind Cash Cheque (Saifudin Ismail), swung out six-wide under jockey Vlad Duric to launch his final attack in the home straight.

Race favorite Dragon Tycoon (Blake Shinn) passed leader Liebestraum (Wong Chin Cheun) at the 350-meter mark after lagging for the majority of the distance, but he did not distance himself from the competition as anticipated.

On the outside, Mariana Trench ($17) gained headway under Duric's encouragement before winning by a comfortable two-and-a-half-length margin over Street Of Dreams (Mohd Zaki).

Dragon Tycoon came in third, three and a quarter lengths behind. On the Long Course, the winning time for the mile was 1min 35.39secs.

Michael White, the assistant trainer and alias "Chopsy," was happy to point out that Mariana Trench's maiden professional victory was a result of her stealthy strategy.

White, who filled in for trainer Michael Clements in the winner's circle, said, "He's always been a horse with a big lot of promise, but perhaps took a bit longer than we would have imagined (for him to win).

We were dissatisfied with the way he was rode on his most recent start since we always wanted to ride him behind (third to Trident in a similar race over 1400m on July 9).

"We emphasized to Vlad that we wanted to ride him quietly because he was much closer to the speed than we had preferred; as a result, he gave him a 10-out-of-10 ride, and Mariana Trench earned her first victory.

"(Bloodstock agency) Wattle Bloodstock's Peter Twomey purchased him for the Tivic Stable at the Inglis 2020 Classic Yearling Sale for A$105,000.

It's beneficial for the owners because he previously purchased other quality horses for them, including (the late) Bold Thruster and Prosperous Return.

Duric concurred that the crucial element on Sunday was coming from behind.

The Australian jockey of Mariana Trench, who, like all other three-year-old Southern hemisphere-bred horses, will turn four on Monday (August 1), remarked that Michael (Clements) and "Chopsy" made the right decision to ride him quietly.

"He was extremely green when he arrived in the front, but he relaxed very well today and picked up the pace wonderfully.

"He is still a young horse, though, and additional racing experience will help him improve.

I was simply the one that rode him and completed the task.

Five races later, the Tim Fitzsimmons-trained In All His Glory ($16) easily won the $50,000 Class 4 event over 1600 meters, earning the four-time Singapore champion jockey a double.

Mariana Trench, named after the world's deepest oceanic trench, has earned the Tivic Stable more than $60,000 in prize money with its maiden victory and two placings in seven starts.

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