First winner by Martin Place

Hot Mocha has registered the first win for one-time Allandale Park stallion Martin Place.

The three year-old filly broke through in the Robert Staniforth Memorial Maiden (1400m) at Condobolin on Saturday, February 20.  She is trained by Rodney Robb and was racing for the fourth time since making her debut at Gilgandra on New Year’s Day.

Hot Mocha (3f Martin Place – Perfect Value by Carry The Crown) is a homebred for the Wray family who raced her dam to wins at Dubbo, Tottenham and Betoota.

Martin Place was trained by Rod Northam to win five races up to 1900m including two in a row at Canterbury and Randwick.  ”It was like taking lollies from a baby,” jockey Jim Cassidy said after he clocked a class record at Randwick.  “If you geld him, he could be anything.”

Connections resisted the temptation and he covered a dozen mares in a sole season at Allandale Park in the high country above Bathurst in 2011.

Martin Place (Street Cry) was then sold to dissolve the partnership and gelded to resume racing with Jason Coyle.  He bowed out a second time with an unplaced run at Rosehill in July 2012 and died later that year.

Martin Place