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Bigger Targets Within Marishka's Reach

By Ray Hickson

Marishka, a full sister to 2013 Golden Slipper winner Overreach, stamped herself a filly with plenty of promise with an impressive debut win at Canterbury on Wednesday.

The three-year-old has been patiently handled by the Peter and Paul Snowden stable who elected not to give her the chance to emulate her sister's deeds.

Paul Snowden said the stable will continue to take small steps with the filly but leaves no doubt they think she's blessed with plenty of talent.

"It was a very pleasing effort and there's a fair bit of upside to her,'' Snowden said.

"She's still learning to gather herself up and respond under pressure.''

Marishka posts an impressive debut win at Canterbury

That was evident as Marishka took a great deal of the Canterbury straight to balance up and run down the leader Shudabeen and she was strongest on the line.

Snowden said Marishka, who was the second leg of an early double for the stable with Faeger winning the opening event, will be a much better horse next preparation but will give her the chance to compete during the spring carnival.

Jockey Blake Shinn echoed Snowden's sentiment that Marishka can move quickly through the grades and said while the race didn't go exactly as planned it worked out well for her.

"I thought I might lead but she wasn't the best away but I think that was a blessing because she had a horse to follow,'' Shinn said.

"She knuckled down really well, the second horse gave her a challenge, but she showed her class.

"I think she's going to end up in some good races.''

Marishka, like Overreach, was bred and is owned by George Altomonte and she has a yearling full brother that is yet to be named while her dam Bahia is again in foal to Exceed And Excel.

Injury restricted Overreach to just six starts for three wins including the Golden Slipper and she is currently in foal to Snitzel.

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