Marika tops off a terrific fortnight for Modern Art

Marika tops off a terrific fortnight for Modern Art

Handy MODERN ART filly MARIKA SPRINGFIELD has inadvertently become the poster child for the terrific earning capacity available via the Australian Pacing Gold Sales, just days after the statesman sire's progeny topped a massive $20,000,000 in Australian earnings.

With connections electing to bypass the main race series, which includes a $350,000 Final, Marika Springfield is eligible for the various $50,000 features on offer.

Speaking after the filly completed a clean sweep of the APG Autumn Sale series at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, trainer Darren Reay revealed his plans of targeting more of the sales company's funds.

Set to give MARIKA SPRINGFIELD a freshen-up upon her return to New South Wales, Reay will then ready the daughter of MODERN ART for the Group Two events in July.

“Once she gets home I will give her a short break,” Reay said. “After that she is eligible for the $50,000 APG races so I will set her for those.

“She is probably not up to the better ones in the Vicbred, but the APG races look ideal for her.

“Hopefully she can have a bit of luck in those which will see out her season.”

Winner of her heat at Ballarat last week, MARIKA SPRINGFIELD repeated the dose in the decider when rated perfectly by Greg Sugars.

Beginning quickly to find the lead from barrier three, the two-year-old then staved off a late challenge from Shez All Style to score by half-head, with Rosarito Miss three-and-a-half metres away third.

Celebrations were put on hold while stewards heard a protest on behalf of the runner-up, which was subsequently dismissed.

“She’s done a great job done there,” Reay said. “Her owner set this race as a target for her all along and it is terrific to see her get the win.

“From day one she has just done everything quite easily and is improving all the time.

“She is a typical MODERN ART-sired horse in that she is clean gaited and just hassle free.”