The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable will be hoping to reach the magical 100 wins in a season this weekend and, with five runners at New Plymouth and 10 at Rotorua, the prospects of reaching three figures again look bright.
The partnership presently leads the trainers’ premiership with 98 wins, five ahead of Jamie Richards.
They have won the premiership in the past two seasons, when posting 107 wins and 142 wins respectively and also chalked up 114 wins in the 2014-15 season.
Among the Baker/Forsman runners this weekend are Highlad and Tomelilla, who return to defend their crowns in the Group 3 Rotorua Cup (2200m) and Group 3 Rotorua Stakes (1400m) respectively.
“It’s always nice to get to three figures. I did it a couple of times playing cricket when I was younger but I wasn’t much of batsman,” Forsman said.
“It would be nice if we could get there this weekend.”
Of Highlad’s chances Forsman added: “We’d have liked to have had one more run leading in but there was nothing suitable. He’s got a big weight (59kg) to carry again and with just one run in, that’s got to be the query with him. But he’s working well.”