Vive Marie Set For First Australian Start

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German import Vive Marie will make her Australian debut at , with new trainer hoping to see an introduction to Sydney racing from the lightly raced mare.

Vive Marie, who will race in the colours of syndicator , won one of her seven starts in Germany, a 1600m-maiden on debut in October 2016.

She was Listed placed in her two most recent starts last year over 1850m and 1600m.

The five-year-old steps out for her first start for -based Lees in Saturday's Half Yearly Membership Handicap (1400m) on the back of two in recent weeks.

“She has been with us for a few months and has settled in well,” Lees said.

“Like all these types of horses she'll improve throughout her preparation. I would have liked to have found something a little easier for her – she's only the winner of one race – but she's stakes placed so that's where her rating sits.

“I can see her hitting the line well and setting up for a nice preparation.”

In her most recent barrier trial at Newcastle on July 12, Vive Marie hit the line nicely to win her heat by 1-3/4-lengths.

“She's a nice mare,” Lees said.

“I've been pleased with her trials and she has looked sharp enough to show up in a shorter race. It wouldn't surprise me to see her run in the first five.”

Vive Marie was at $15 on race eve with the -trained last-start winner the $2.80 favourite.

The Lees-trained Reach For Heaven was at $6.50 for Saturday's ATC Owner Benefits Card Handicap (1200m), his second start back from a spell.

“He's got a few little tricks but on his day I reckon he's quite capable,” Lees said.

“It looks a race where he should get enough tempo to get his chance.”

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