Another “Mongolian” star emerging

Mongolian Empire scoring impressively for rider Michael Coleman at Te Rapa.

Mongolian Empire scoring impressively for rider Michael Coleman at Te Rapa.

Mongolian Khan has set a high benchmark for his owners’ other horses, but Mongolian Empire is emerging as another potential star.

The Inner Mongolian Rider Horse Industry group enjoyed a host of highlights racing Mongolian Khan from the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stable with the biggest thrills coming in his NZ – ATC Derby double and his Caulfield Cup triumph.

Now as Mongolian Khan rests at Henley Park awaiting an announcement of a home at which to begin his stud career, the Rider Horse group has been left to concentrate on its vast team of horses, both here and in China.

Many of the youngsters have been showing much promise and none more so in New Zealand than Mongolian Empire, who is also in the Baker – Forsman stable.

Purchased at Karaka’s Ready to Run sale for $100,000, Mongolian Empire has been patiently handled and the three-year-old is emerging as a potential star.

After winning two of his three trials, he made his raceday debut at New Plymouth and lived up to expectations, going straight to the front and cruising home to win by two and a quarter lengths.

There was a blimp in his record second-up at Ellerslie when rider Opie Bosson felt he didn’t handle the right-handed track, but back left-handed at Te Rapa last Saturday he again showed his class.

Ridden by Michael Coleman, the son of O’Reilly went to the front and kicked strongly in the home straight to win untested by three and a quarter lengths from Wawrinka.

“The ground was chipping out a bit on the fence and he wasn’t that comfortable, but he was just too good for them,” said Coleman, who registered his 300th Te Rapa win aboard Mongolian Empire. “He gave me a lovely feel in the race. He’ll win a good race for sure.”

Baker shares Coleman’s opinion.

“He’s a lovely horse. We’ve got a lot of time for him,” said Baker. “We’ll just take our time with him. He’s shown he’s got the ability.”

Mongolian Empire has the bloodlines to be a star, tracing back to the Melbourne Cup winner Empire Rose. His third dam, Summer Fling, is a three-win mare who was a half-sister to Empire Rose (the third dam of Queensland Derby winner Empires Choice) and the good Perth sprinter Kim Gorgeous is also from the family.