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Marky Mark Back Bigger & Stronger
Moira Murdoch has seen significant changes in her champion juvenile in waiting Marky Mark since his return to the stable, reports NZ Racing Desk. "Physically, he has improved enormously and he's a lot bigger and bulkier," the Waiuku trainer said. "He's much more solid now." Marky Mark (Makfi-My My Maree, by Testa Rossa) won three of his four starts through his summer and autumn campaign to stake his claim for top two-year-old honours at the end of the season. The Makfi gelding, bred and raced by Brendan and Jo Lindsay, claimed the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes and ended his initial preparation in March with a defeat of Rocanto and Reminisce in the Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes. "He's had a bit of pre-training at the Linsdays and this is his second week back here," Murdoch said. "He's definitely the best two-year-old around and he's just got to continue that form into his three-year-old season. He's had a very light year so I don't see any reason why he won't improve even more." The Gr2 Hawke's Bay Guineas will be the early target of Marky Mark's classic season. "At this stage that's where we'll look to first and there are obviously options after that," Murdoch said. "I'm not terribly keen on Riccarton and the 2000 Guineas though, it's a long way back from that." A trip to Australia is also in the mix later in the year, but Marky Mark's connections will wait until after Hastings before they set anything in stone. "We're looking over there, but it all depends on the Hawke's Bay carnival first and we will be keeping every option open," Murdoch said.