Marcel From Madrid Wins Gr3 National Stakes

Monday, 21st May 2018

At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire Sepoy (Elusive Quality-Watchful, by Danehill) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred gelding Marcel from Madrid (Sepoy-Lipari, by Redoute's Choice) maintained his perfect record when powering to a stylish win in the Gr3 National Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Aristia & Tequila Time. Purchased for $58,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, Marcel From Madrid extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $140,540 in earnings. Co-trainer Simon Zahra said Marcel From Madrid would now be spelled and aimed at the major Group 1 3YO features in the spring. "We've always had a pretty big opinion of him and he's been touted as our best two-year-old," Zahra told racing.com. "He doesn't know a lot so we brought him over for a good trip away to hopefully grow him up for the spring." Zahra added: "He's probably a Caulfield Guineas kind of horse but it will depend on whether he can relax." Marcel Madrid is out of the stakes-placed Redoute's Choice mare Lipari, making him a half-brother to Gr1 Australian Derby winner Levendi.