On the day John Marshall rode 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh to a famous victory, his wife Deb was too superstitious to go to Flemington.
More than two decades on, it will be a case of history repeating when her boy Taylor rides in the biggest race of his life, the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas on Saturday.
When 27-year-old Taylor rides Apache Chase, who gave him his first Group success in the Vo Rogue Plate earlier this month, mum Deb will be at her Coolum home and she won’t even be able to bear to watch the TV.
“Mum is very superstitious and she won’t go to the races or even watch them live on TV, it was only recently I found out that she did the exact same thing and stayed away the day that Dad won the Melbourne Cup,” Marshall said.
“Mum is the same whether I ride in a midweek maiden, a Group race or the Magic Millions.
“She won’t even watch my races on TV and she will go into a different room and my brother (Lachie) will often have to tell her what has happened.
“Some of it is her being superstitious and some of it is probably her being a bit anxious.
“Mum actually asked me this week if she would like it if she came and watched me on the Gold Coast in the Guineas this Saturday.
“But I told her that she can’t be breaking the family tradition now.”
Taylor’s Dad John, who lost his lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer in late 2018, had a famous association with Bart Cummings and even apart from Rogan Josh he rode greats for the Cummings stable including Beau Zam, Shaftesbury Avenue, Campaign King, Sky Chase, Tristanagh and Gold Trump.
Despite his Dad’s famous racing presence, Taylor was a latecomer to the sport of kings and never sat on a horse until he was 18.
Taylor Marshall with his Dad John, who passed away in 2018.Source:Supplied
He has made promising strides in the Brisbane riding ranks in recent times and on Saturday has a chance for his richest payday when he rides the Desleigh Forster-trained last-start Group 3 winner Apache Chase in the Guineas.
Bookies are sure it is a three-horse race between the big guns Isotope ($2.70), Away Game ($4) and Forbidden Love ($5.50).
However Marshall is convinced Apache Chase ($15) will be in the finish, especially after drawing barrier one in the 1400m contest.
“It’s pretty black and white that this is the biggest race I’ve ridden in and it’s not too often I’m going to be on the back of a horse like him with a chance in a race like this,” Marshall said.
“From his very early gallops, I jumped off this horse and said to Desleigh that he could give us our first Group 1 winner.
“Although the Guineas isn’t a Group 1 race, it’s the equivalent in terms of prizemoney.
“It wouldn’t have been end of world with this horse had we drawn out a bit, but the barrier draw allows me to have him where he wants to be and more comfortable.
“I also like the fact the main chances are drawn close to us.”
Apache Chase holds off Gotta Kiss to win the Vo Rogue Plate at Eagle Farm. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography.Source:The Courier-Mail
Before the Vo Rogue, Queenslander Forster had been telling anyone who would listen that Apache Chase just needed a good barrier draw to show what he could do.
He got it that day and he has got it again on Saturday.
“He is a real natural horse, very easy to ride, and the further he goes the better he will be,” Forster said.
“He will run the trip right out on Saturday, that’s for sure.”
Desleigh Forster and Taylor Marshall after Apache Chase won the Vo Rogue Plate at Eagle Farm. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography.Source:The Courier-Mail
Originally published asMelbourne Cup superstition strikes at Magic Millions
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