Paul Joice – 30 Jun 2015

http://www.racenet.com.au/news/113078/$1-million-filly-opens-favourite-for-Sydney-debut

Peter and Paul Snowden are set to produce million dollar juvenile Maraam at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, and bookies are taking no chances.

Maraam, a two-year-old filly by Street Cry out of Lonhro mare Munhro, was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum for $1,050,000 from the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale in 2014.

Set to make her debut off four barrier trials, two of them this month, bookmaker Bet365 have posted Maraam a $2 favourite for Wednesday’s race – the All Too Hard @ Vinery 2YOF Plate (1300m).

“She always been a bit immature and I’m still of the opinion she’ll be better next time in,” Peter Snowden said. “I don’t want to put the slows on her because she’s impressed at her recent trials, but $2 seems too short.

“I’m really excited to see what she does on Wednesday.

“We haven’t put a lot of pressure on her in the trials. I didn’t think she would go on the soft tracks as she tends to spin her wheels a bit at home on the heavy ground but her trial at Randwick was on a heavy (10) track and she looked to handle it really well.

“She’s got a great attitude and works well at home – but not super.”

The Snowden stable have shown faith in their in-form apprentice Winona Costin, booking her for the ride.

“She’s ridden her in the two recent trials and does all of her trackwork,” Snowden said. “She’s riding in good form so deserves the opportunity.”

Costin booted home a winning treble at Rosehill last Saturday.

Bet365 have the Gai Waterhouse-trained Kimberley Star marked as the $4.40 main danger to Maraam, with Clarry Conners’ filly Rainbeam at $6 and David Vandyke’s Doubt She’s A Lady at $6.50.

The rail at Warwick Farm is in the true position and the course is currently rated a heavy (8).