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Long renown as a superb trainer of two-year-olds,  Vaughan Marshall is enjoying a great run of success with juveniles this season –even by his high standards.

Marshall sent out his fourth juvenile winner in 2018, when saddling Top Of The Class to make a winning debut in a juvenile plate over 1000m at Durbanville on Saturday.
The trainer commented after his charge‘s half length defeat of tote favourite Twist Of Fate, “he is special and will be on the float to Durban for their season.”


Top Of The Class shares his sire Var (Champion Sire of 2YOs last season) with another impressive Marshall trained debut winning 2yo in the form of Zinedine, who is allegedly Gold Medallion bound. Other notable juveniles hailing from the yard this season include 2018 Kuda Sprint winner Agent Of Fortune.

Rated highly by connections, Top Of The Class was produced by the unplaced Western Winter mare Academia –who has a full-brother to the winner on offer at next month’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

The colt was one of two winners on Saturday for the Marshall yard, whose Sequined upset favourite Rustar Dhow to win the fourth on the card.

Another trainer enjoying a good run of success is Adam Marcus, whose only two runners won at Kenilworth the previous weekend. Marcus repeated the trick at Durbanville on Saturday, when saddling fillies Brave Move and Bridal Party to win their respective races and returned home with a 100% strike rate for the day.

Owned by the Brave Bid Syndicate, in partnership with the trainer’s father Basil, Brave Move caught the eye when winning her fourth race (and third in a row) from just eight outings on Saturday, and the daughter of Horse Chestnut could be aimed at both the G3 Final Fling Stakes and Ladies Mile this season.

Both Cape run juvenile races on Saturday went the way of the progeny of Var.
Top Of The Class’ debut win was followed up with his paternal half-sister Carioca making it two wins on the bounce for trainer Joey Ramsden and

Jockey Devin Ashby suffered a nasty kick just before race before the final race and was stood down.

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