Another Cambridge stakes win

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman again became the toast of Queensland owners Glen and Lisa Morton when Orbity easily won the Listed $50,000 Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes at Awapuni today.

Last year it was stablemate Neo, who was the Mortons’ star New Zealand performer when including the Gr.2 NZ Bloodstock Wellington Guineas in his three wins. Now Orbity has taken over the focus of attention for the Mortons with four wins in succession.

Orbity is the Mortons second stakeswinner in New Zealand and looks set for further honours.

“She just loves racing,” said Baker, who watched the race from home. “She’s just kept improving with her racing, so we’ll probably go to Wanganui next with her.”

That Wanganui assignment is the Listed $50,000 Fordell O’Leary Fillies Stales (1200m), a three-year-old event on September 7. But Baker is unsure whether she will be on hand for the early NZ Bloodstock Filly Of The Year series, which begins a few weeks later with the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings.

“She might have had enough by then,” said Baker. “She’s gone a long way in a short time and maybe the better tracks will catch up with her.”

The Mortons bred the daughter of Magic Albert and Jane Jetson, a juvenile winner in Australia who hails from the same family as top Kiwi filly Summer Haze. Trained by Dick Bothwell, Summer Haze headed the 1979-80 NZ Two-Year-Old Free Handicap with wins in the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes and Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes and went on to win a total of 13 races.

Glen Morton is a son of Billie Morton, who has had a long and successful association with the Baker stable. Her stars have been Prized Gem (Gr.1 Brisbane Cup, Gr.1 Kelt Capital Stakes, Nom du Jeu (Gr.1 AJC Derby) and Jeu de Cartes (a multiple stakeswinner).

Matt Cameron had Orbity tracking the pacemaker Aaaja Nachle and moved the filly up to challenge nearing the home turn. Orbity soon took command and kept up a strong gallop to win by three and a half lengths from Weregoingtogetcha.

Cameron moved to one win behind Bosson with Orbity’s run and was full of praise for the Cambridge filly. “She’s come ahead in leaps and bounds,” he said. “She gets rid of any bad luck in a race by jumping well and putting herself right up there on the pace.”

Orbity was Cameron’s third win at the Awapuni meeting and his second for the Baker – Forsman stable as he also won on the talented Chill Bill. The stable also had a win at Te Rapa when Sharakti was promoted to first.