Clasina Maria gets Prelude


Innovative shoeing has helped Clasina Maria continue to be a force on grass tracks, no more evident than when she won at Waterlea on Friday.

The turf racing specialist scored her seventh win on grass in the Summer Festival Cup Prelude.

The Paul Young-trained six-year-old responded to the urgings of Jessica Young for a passing lane win over Franco Hampton.

Clasina Maria was having her first start since running ninth in the Methven Cup behind Cruz Bromac.

Hoof problems limited the Art Major mare to just four starts in the spring.

Some attractive additions to her shoes have helped Clasina Maria and mean her hooves are in the opposite condition now.

“We had a lot of problems with her feet, her feet kept breaking out with abscesses and things,” Paul Young said.

“We picked it up just before the Methven Cup, but we were already in so thought we will have to start anyway.

“So, it has been that long just trying to get her organised.

“Sam Smolenski came and put some magnets in her feet and that seemed to help her.

“She seems to be good now.”

Though Clasina Maria had an extensive build up before her return to racing – with four trials and workouts – she should gain good improvement from her first-up run.

“She is still a bit underdone.”

That should make her an even tougher horse to beat in the Marlborough Cup at Waterlea on Sunday.

However, Young has concerns about whether that mare will back up well with just one clear day between her races.

“She didn’t back up on the second day last year, so we will just wait and see I suppose.”

Clasina Maria was narrowly beaten in last year’s Summer Festival Cup Prelude and ran fifth behind Lovetodream in the Cup two days later.

The mare will clash with two fellow grass track specialists that did not contest the Prelude – Airpark Flyer and My Wee Man.

Young said a breeding career could not be too far away for the winner of eight races.

“She is probably getting pretty close to the mark now.

“The way the ratings system is she either has to race the cup horses or she is off a back mark.

“So, that makes it a bit tough for her.”

This week’s sale of classy filly Arma Indie has done little to dent the firepower of trainers David and Catherine Butt.

The husband and wife duo scored a winning treble at Waterlea on Friday with The Dude, Maria Tsarina and Doitson.

The stable has produced 12 winners from just 48 starts this season. 

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