Marshal chasing Derby tilt

Andrew Forsman and Murray Baker are hoping Mongolian Marshal can win on Sunday to take a step toward the Vodafone NZ Derby.

Top trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman haven’t given up hope of slipping in the back door to the Gr.1 Vodafone NZ Derby with Mongolian Marshal.

Mongolian Marshal has been placed in two of his three starts and will be looking to break maiden status at Pukekohe on Sunday in the Fasttrack Insurance 1600.

“He’s had no luck at all,” said Baker. “I like him and hopefully he can do the job on Sunday. Opie (Bosson) is on him.”

Mongolian Marshal, a son of High Chaparral, was hampered early when third on debut at Matamata then got held up and stormed home late for seventh over 1400 metres at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day before copping interference and running on late for fourth over 1600 at Te Rapa last start.

He is raced by the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry Ltd and Cambridge veterinarian Jonathon Hope. The Rider Horse group won the 2015 NBZ Derby with the Baker and Forsman-trained Mongolian Khan, who also won the Gr.1 ATC Derby and the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup.

Hinerangi is another of the seven runners for the Baker and Forsman stable on Sunday and rates a strong chance to complete a hat trick of wins after scoring at Tauranga and Trentham.

“She’s a big, powerful mare and she won well at Trentham,” said Baker.