The Cambridge training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have trained two Karaka yearling purchases in the white, red and green colours of the Zame family from Gisborne, and both of them are now black-type winners.
The $65,000 Select Sale purchase Jon Snow won more than $2million in a career that was heading by Group 1 glory in the Australian Derby (2400m), and on Saturday the $60,000 Book 2 buy Rhaegar took his first step along that black-type path win a win in the Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
Baker admitted the stable’s latest stakes winner had left him and Forsman scratching their heads at times.
“Rhaegar has always shown plenty but he’s been the most difficult and disappointing horse on race day,” Baker said.
“We put blinkers on him and took him to the trials last Monday where he won from the back. We had to get him to run genuinely as he was very disappointing and we were scratching our heads as he had shown plenty on the track. It was a very good win today.”
The Baker/Forsman stable produced the winning quinella in Saturday’s race with Long Jack finishing strongly out wide to get to within a long head of the winner.
“The second horse is a seriously good horse, he got home well and is a good three-year-old in the making. I think they both should have good futures,” Baker added.
Rhaegar brought up the fourth stakes win for his sire Pluck, who stands at Vinery Stud in Australia at a fee of $A6600 plus GST.