Marshal fires up in open class debut

Mongolian Marshal (Matt Cameron) emerged as a serious Cups contender this season when winning over 1600m at Ellerslie today.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable pitched Mongolian Marshal at his peak today and were justly rewarded.

The High Chaparral gelding was having his first start in open-grade company when he delivered in fine style to take the Carbine Club Trophy (1600m).

Handled to perfection by regular pilot Matt Cameron, Mongolian Marshal dashed away from his rivals with a powerful home straight sprint after travelling easily in midfield throughout the contest.

Considered a talented staying prospect by his handlers during a three-year-old season that saw him finish midfield in the GR.1 ATC Derby (2400m) last April, Mongolian Marshal has returned in fine fashion with two wins from his first three starts as a four-year-old.

“He’s a lightly tried type with a fair bit of promise,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.

“We think he is a real middle-distance type, but we just wanted to give him another run over a mile before we stepped him up over further.

“He could be a Cups horse later in the season so we will probably look for a 2000m race for him in the next couple of weeks then reassess where we go from there.”

Forsman was also delighted with the performance of last start Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) winner Deals In Heels, who lumped the topweight of 60kgs into third behind Mongolian Marshal.

“She was very brave as that was a lot of weight she had to carry,” he said.

“You could have excused her for weakening out in the last little bit, but she toughed it out to finish a very game third.”

Mongolian Marshal carried the familiar colours of part-owner, the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry (NZ) Ltd, who purchased him for $220,000 from the Cambridge Stud draft at the 2016 Karaka National Yearling sale and races him in partnership with Cambridge veterinarian Jonathan Hope.

NZ Racing Desk