Marcus reaps dividends from Allan's sage advice

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 March, 2004, 12:00am

Anton Marcus had visions of riding free-running galloper Scintillation quietly in the sixth race yesterday, but those plans were quickly revised after meeting trainer Ivan Allan in the saddling paddock.

'Ivan said to make sure I didn't fight him, and that if he wanted to run, let him flow,' Marcus explained. 'So that was exactly what I did. He's a fast horse with a good action and he really enjoyed himself. He's a good galloper.'

Scintillation ($34) was always favourite for the Class Three race and easily held off the challenge of the Caspar Fownes-trained Fifty Fifty (Patrick Payne) in the final 200 metres. In fact, he pulled clear over the final stages to smash his major rival by 31/2 lengths.

Scintillation, a son of Lucky Owners' sire, the late Danehill, was the centre of a huge demonstration by punters on October 19 when he was a short-priced favourite ($23) and finished only third to My Choice.

At the time, Allan said Scintillation was merely a 1,200 metres horse but the well-bred three-year-old has gained strength with a bit more age and experience.

Scintillation was the second leg of a double for Marcus, who had earlier guided home the first of Fownes' Derby day double in the second, the enigmatic Northern Rose. 'Full credit to Caspar because this horse hasn't been completely straight forward,' Marcus said. 'There have been any number of Class Four races he could have run in but he's waited, patiently, until he thought he had the horse absolutely right.'