Encosta De Lago filly Martilago had little trouble posting her second win in three starts when successful in the App Corporation Benchmark 60 Handicap (1400m) at Newcastle.

Martilago trialled impressively at Randwick on December 2 before posting a strong first-up win at Goulburn 10 days later but the three-year-old had just two rivals to contend with in her latest assignment.

Grant Buckley rode Martilago confidently in the early and middle stages of the $22,000 contest with the ride content to keep his mount on the outside of the pacesetter.

Martilago took the lead early in the straight but comfortably maintained her ascendancy to the finish of the race, scoring by 1-1/2 lengths.

Segenhoe Thoroughbreds paid $325,000 for Martilago at the 2012 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka with the $12,250 winner’s cheque taking her earnings past the $25,000 mark.

Martliago is one of two winners from three to race out of Martique, which is a daughter of the former outstanding racemare Champagne.

Martique was stakes winner herself, taking out the Listed Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) in 2004.

Congratulations to Martique’s owners on the promising galloper’s latest success.

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