Ciaron Maher to train G1 winner Fenway

Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher will be the new trainer for Group 1 winner Fenway as she is prepared for a Melbourne Autumn Carnival campaign.

Trainer Ciaron Maher will take over the training of Fenway heading towards the MelbourneAutumn Carnival. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Trainer Ciaron Maher will take over the training of Fenway heading towards the Melbourne Autumn Carnival. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Fenway is one of several horses that have been transferred to Maher’s stable from co-trainers Lee and Shannon Hope who are appealing disqualifications handed down to them in relation to the cobalt inquiries.

During her three year old season Fenway took out the 2015 Group 1 $400,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and Maher will try to bring her up again next Autumn for the Group 1 $1.5m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 12.

“She would probably head to a race like the Australian Cup, I would imagine,” Maher told the Herald Sun.

Following her win in the Vinery Stud Stakes, Fenway ran second to Delicacy in the Group 1 $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville on May 2 before heading for a break.

Fenway then had a mixed Melbourne Spring Carnival with a first up ninth in the Group 2 $200,000 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 12 followed by a win in the Group 2 $200,000 StrathAyr Track Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 2.

The High Chaparral mare was then sent out as one of the top fancies in the Group 3 $150,000 David Jones Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on October 17, but failed to beat a runner home when her jockey Blake Shinn thought the mare had gone amiss and pulled her out of the race.

But Fenway was then able to bounce back for a second to Politeness in the Group 1 $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on October 31.

Fenway is a winner of three of her eleven starts and has earned $579,100 in prizemoney.

Maher is quickly rising up through the Melbourne training ranks and has had a stellar last twelve months which includes back to back wins in the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Spring Carnival with Set Square in 2014 and Jameka this year.

While stable star Srikandi won a Group 1 double during the Queensland  Winter Carnival with victories in the $2m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben and in the $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Club Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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