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Vaughan Marshall is very pleased with the big horse Senso Unico in the build up to Saturday’s Grade 1 Daily News 2000.

He also spoke about some of his other Champions Season campaigners and is confident of a win on Saturday for his two-year-old maiden colt Ensuing (William Longsword). 

He said about the Twice Over gelding Senso Unico, “He is very well indeed. He finished fourth in the Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby (beaten 6,25 lengths by Pomp And Power) but he played up in the stalls that day and has been gelded since so I think a line can be drawn through that run. I was very happy with his first run as a gelding in the WSB Guineas.”

Senso Unico was dropped out to last from a wide draw in the WSB Guineas and ran on in eyecatching fashion in the straight. He was a bit short of room in the latter stages but was not stopping at the line and the bare form which shows him to have finished a 4,25 length tenth does not do the run justice.

Marshall said he had come on nicely from the run.

He believes he does have the necessary turn of foot to be successful at Hollywoodbets Greyville and pointed to his comfortable win at Durbanville over 1800m back in October.

Senso Unico is by the stamina influence Twice Over out of a Captain Al mare who won twice over 1200m. He is a half-sister to the 2020 WSB Fillies Guineas third-placed Labyrinth. There is a lot of speed on his female side, with the like of Senor Santa being a member of the family, but there is also stamina with the like of SA Derby, Gold Circle Derby and Durban July-placed Service Ace a member as well as the Cape Guineas and Cup Trial (1800m) winner Flight Alert.

He gives the impression he is crying out for the Daily News 2000m trip.

He is drawn better this time in barrier three and Sean Veale stays aboard. 

Marshall said his Grade 2 IOS Drill Hall Stakes winner Silver Operator (Silvano) had come out of that race well. He said it was touch and go whether he got 1600m but there was nothing else for him so he was going to go for the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge next.

His star gelding Linebacker (Captain Of All) will also run in the Gold Challenge. 

He comes off a 6,45 length ninth in the Drill Hall and some were disappointed with the run, which was only the second time he had been out the first three in 13 career starts.

However, Marshall said, “How can they be disappointed when they did not know what he did going into the race? He did absolutely nothing going in and I was happy with the run.”

The Klawervlei Stud-bred Captain Of All gelding has obviously come on a lot from that run and he should be close to his peak by the time of the Gold Challenge on June 11, although his chief target is likely the Hollywoodbets Durban July for which he is a 10/1 joint fourth favourite.

Marshall said the Klawervlei Stud-bred Seeking The Stars (Vercingetorix) was very well and would also be going for the Gold Challenge. He felt there would be a good pace in the race and added there were few as quick over that trip as Seeking The Stars so he can be expected to be out in front. Seeking The Stars has also been shown to have exceptional cornering speed so the Hollywoodbets Greyville 1600m should suit him.

To digress, Seeking The Stars half-brother by What A Winter, Seeking The One, had a good win on Saturday second time out for Brett Crawford  and looks like one to follow. The Klawervlei Stud-bred two-year-old colt runs in the same colours as Seeking The Stars, the silks of R. Sewgoolam, but is part-owned by all of P Barrett, J Chowles, R Kieswetter, G S Knowles, G MacGregor and B A Moody. 

Watch Replay  (Colours: Orange, dark blue ‘v’ bib, halved sleeves, orange cap, blue peak, Draw 3).

A trip by Seeking The One to the Festival Of Speed meeting at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on June 4 for the Grade 1 Gold Medallion is under consideration.

Marshall expected Ensuing (William Longsword), who was bred by Laurence Wernars, to win the second race over 1600m at the Daily News meeting on Saturday. He jumps from pole position under Anton Marcus in the Maiden Juvenile Plate. 

He said, “He should win. We fancied him last time (over 1400m on the poly) but he did not act in the wet. The blinkers have made a big difference to him at home so he has a big chance.”  

Picture: Senso Unico (Wayne Marks).