Dennis Marks missed out on a Melbourne Cup start with Let’s Make Adeal but he does have a link with Precious Gem who won the TAB Rewards Trophy (1700m) at Flemington on Tuesday.
Marks bred her dam Gem Of Gems at Seven Creeks Estate in Euroa. The Peintre Celebre mare has also foaled brilliant Singapore sprinter Happy Money.
Precious Gem. Photo by Racing Victoria.
Precious Gem was coming off a brave second to Suavito in the G3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley. She is trained by Gwenda & Mick Johnston at Echuca but Mick is laid up with a bad back and couldn’t make it to Melbourne.
“Mick’s in a brace and doing good but he will be even better now,” Johnston added. “We knew a good race was just around the corner for Precious Gem.”
The Econsul mare responded to Craig Williams in a driving finish to defeat the Gai Waterhouse trained Anampour by a nose. “I told Gwenda after the Tesio to go for this race,” Williams said. “She’s a beautiful ride and gave me everything at the finish.”
Gem Of Gems boards at Lauriston Park in Euroa. Studmaster Chris Bakker revived the property after 15 years working for Marks at Seven Creeks Estate.
Lauriston Park is also home to Let’s Elope who won the 1991 Melbourne Cup for Marks and his wife Margaret. The champion mare is in retirement at Euora and, at 27, is the oldest Melbourne Cup winner still alive.
Let’s Make Adeal is a grand-daughter of Let’s Elope and she has been entered for the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington this Saturday.